Guess what? We’ve built a community recording studio at Old Printworks Arts in the centre of Radstock!

To launch this, we are offering a free Sound Production Starter Course open to people aged 18 - 30 years and not currently working or studying, or can be on a zero hours contract. This offers training and practice in the basics of sound production. Those who take part will be helping us shape the future of our new sound production studio. Let’s do this!

Dates: 8 - 10 July

Develop acting, lighting and sound skills and explore careers in the dramatic arts

Looking to discover new talents and explore career options in theatre?

Develop theatre-industry skills and meet new people on our free Get Started with Theatre. You’ll get to work on a group challenge – like producing and performing your own piece.

Get hands-on experience and explore whether a career in the dramatic arts could be right for you. You’ll also benefit from support from our staff or one of our mentors to help you uncover your next steps.

Date: 12 - 16 August 2024

Apply for our free 15-day accelerated training course for theatre and venue technicians

Event Ready: Accelerated Training for Theatre and Venue Technicians is a 15-day course designed to take you on a journey into the heart of the performance events industry, ignite your passion and propel you towards a thriving career. Dive headfirst into a comprehensive curriculum that equips you with the essential skills, knowledge and hands-on experience needed to excel in this exhilarating field.

We are actively seeking individuals who bring diverse perspectives and backgrounds to the event technician role. We are looking for people who may never have previously considered a career in this industry before.

This new course is for young writers, composers and anyone with an interest in writing a musical.

Over three days you will work with writers Liv Warden and Charlie Turner to get an understanding of how to combine the book with the score to tell a compelling story. Working from your existing ideas, you will create your own material which can serve as a pitch to Directors and Producers, alongside learning about the practicalities of life as a creative in the Theatre industry.

Location: London, Waterloo

Dates: 12 to 14 August 2024

Over three days you will work alongside a professional Director, Choreographer and Musical Director to discover the process of bringing a musical from page to stage.

You will begin by learning how the director (Alex Sutton) approaches and analyses the script. You will then take part in workshops led by Matt Cole (Choreography) and Katy Richardson (Musical Direction) to understand how the initial ideas can then develop during rehearsals. In small, collaborative groups, you will create your own theoretical production of "Our House". With input from Rebecca Brower, a professional Theatre designer, and working alongside a team of actors, you will bring your visions to life, culminating in a presentation of your ideas to your course leader and peers. As the final part of your process, you will understand how to run a tech and dress rehearsal by observing rehearsals for the NYMT production of “Our House” alongside the creative team at the Southwark Playhouse Elephant.

Dates: 19 to 21 August 2024

Location: London, Waterloo

This new two-day course will teach you core sewing techniques and will equip you with confidence to use a sewing machine.

Whether you are looking to get into costume design, create your own fashion garments, or are just looking to make more sustainable choices by creating or repairing existing clothes within your wardrobe, this course is for you.

Please note, you will need your own sewing machine to take part in this course.

Bookings will close at 5pm on Sunday 30 June 2024 or when the course reaches full capacity

Are you interested in all things backstage? Do you want to find out what it takes to become a sound or lighting technician? Know how costume is made from page to finished product? Learn about how we take a show from the rehearsal room to the stage? Come along to our Young Techies Course. 

From 12 – 16 August, we are running a week-long course to introduce young people to technical theatre skills. You will be working with our professional technicians to learn about all of the different elements of technical theatre and get hands-on in our theatre spaces.  

The programme includes sessions on Sound and Lighting Design, Set and Costume Design, Stage Management and Props… AND a ticket to Paranormal Activity, our upcoming co-production with Simon Friend Entertainment.

These fantastic residential weeks allow you to grow in confidence, meet friends for life and learn new skills.

You will develop your singing, dancing and acting ability by focusing on each in turn, and then learn how to use all three when working with our brilliant teams on classic musical theatre repertoire. These rigorous courses allow you to learn more about acting through song by interpreting the words and the score, how to build a character, and how to convey the story through movement. You will work with our creatives to build a short musical extract to showcase all that you have learned which will be performed on the last day. 

Dates: 19 to 23 August 2024

Location: Tonbridge

What's the best way to learn? For a lot of people, and certainly when it comes to working with young people, hands-on experience is ideal. Our Young Practitioner Programme runs across the academic year (September-July), and provides mentoring, practical masterclasses and experience-based learning. Supported by CFT staff in a small group, we focus on personal development.

We are looking for 18-25 year olds to join the CFT Young Practitioner Programme taking place between September 2024 – July 2025. The programme provides opportunities for individuals to be trained and mentored by theatre professionals, whilst developing practice as workshop assistants and leaders for Chichester Festival Youth Theatre (CFYT).

If you have an excitement and spark for theatre and a belief that the arts should and can be for everyone, as well as a strong work ethic and a commitment to the programme, then we can't wait to hear from you.

Full details of these opportunities and how to apply can be found by visiting our website.

Do you live in London? Are you care-experienced and aged 16-24? If so, help us create an immersive art experience!

After five years of fun, exciting and powerful creative projects, the Voices Through Time programme is going out with a bang! We’re creating an immersive, site-specific, audio-visual installation for Coram’s main building.

The installation will champion the thoughts, feelings and perspectives of young people in care today, whilst revealing the experiences of those who lived in the Foundling Hospital – Britain’s first children’s home – in the 1700s and 1800s.

We want your help to create it!

Across four workshops in June and July 2024, a group of care-experienced young people will help develop the concept for the immersive installation and create artwork to feature in it.

We’ve commissioned The Liminal Space to create this experience. They’ve worked with some of the biggest museums and cultural venues in London, including the Barbican, V&A, and Museum of the Home. So, whatever we create, it will be impressive!

You don’t have to be good at visual art to take part in this project. You might make some graphics, photography, poetry or something you hadn’t even imagined! We’ll work that out once the concept has been finalised!

We have limited spaces on this project, and recommend that you sign up ASAP. The final deadline for sign-ups is Sunday 17 June.

If you have access needs, please tell us on the sign-up form.

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