Trainer and tour booker Mark Makin will guide you through the particular set of skills and specialist knowledge that you need to successfully book a UK tour.

Mark will share his own experiences of the industry as he takes you through the process of booking and managing a tour using case studies. Participants are encouraged to share their own knowledge and ask questions relating to their specific situations. Course notes and reference materials are provided.

By the end of the session, you will:

  Suitable For:

This course is aimed at those both new and established who hold the responsibility of tour booking. Though it starts with basic principles, it will also be helpful to those wishing to refresh their knowledge and improve their skills. This course is applicable to both theatre and dance companies.

Course feedback from the most recent course (June 2023):

100% of attendance Satisfied or Very Satisfied


What was the more useful part of the training?

 ”The explanations of deals and budgets were extremely useful.”

“Really useful discussion about all scales and areas of theatre.”

“The discussion elements were great to hear different experiences of touring. It was great to be able to ask questions, challenge opinions and give feedback.”

‘I attended a makin projects group seminar and was so impressed that I followed it up with a one-to-one consultation. Mark was warm, friendly and very helpful. He demystified the whole process of booking a tour and has given me the confidence and concrete information I need to book our own comprehensive tour. A thoroughly worthwhile investment and should be high on the to-do list of any touring company.’
Feargus Woods Dunlop, New Old Friends Theatre Company


Mark Makin co-established makin projects in September 2005. makin projects handle both national and international tour booking for a wide range of clients, as well as co-producing several new touring productions each season.

Mark is currently the freelance touring associate at Arts Council England funded venue initiative , as well as being the founder a director of a number of comedy festivals as well as booking and operating 25 regular stand-up comedy clubs across the UK.

The Professional Development Programme Foundation Plus is a one-year course for students aged 18+ who have left full-time education.

With 20.75 hours of contact time per week, our small cohorts and incredible staff/student ratios enable a laser focus on the skills required to achieve drama school entry whilst enabling students to train without the additional costs and disruption of relocation.

Unlike a standard foundation course students benefit from being part of the PDP training theatre company and participate in two major productions during the year. Students successfully completing the PDP Foundation Plus course will receive an ATCL Diploma (Level 4) qualification in Musical Theatre or Performing Arts from Trinity College.

Put simply, this represents a fantastic opportunity to benefit from a training course and, simultaneously, join a training theatre company that emphasises student welfare and mindfulness—a combination not available anywhere else at this level.

This unique combination of training, production, and enrichment activities can be offered here at BIGLITTLE without requiring students to relocate to London with the related upheaval and cost.

BIGLITTLE is proud to be well acknowledged by top London drama schools and theatre professionals meaning we can provide the highest quality of teachers and creatives. All our teachers have extensive industry experience as actors, directors/choreographers or musical directors, and many also work at top theatre schools in London and elsewhere, including ArtsEd, Mountview, LSMT, Emil Dale, GSA, PPA, RWCMD and others.

This programme gives you access to that level of training without leaving home!

Regular staff and recent guest teachers include;
Lucy Jane Adcock, Natasha J. Barnes*, Colin Billing [BIGLITTLE Principal], Michelle Blair, Albey Brookes [Foundation Plus Course Leader], Adam Jarrell, Jessica Fossey, Don Gallagher, Mark Goldthorp, Emily Goodenough, Llandyll Gove, Ryan Gover*, Adrian Grove, Lauren Hall, Nick Hayes*, Lynn Howes, Kelly Knight* [Head of BIGLITTLE Youth Theatre], Tom Lorcan, Matthew Malthouse [PDP Course Director], Ben Mundy, Dan Partridge*, Nigel Richards, Laurie Scarth, Caine Stanton, Michael Watson, Emma Woods [PDP Head of Dance], Lisa Zahra

You can learn more about all the faculty here.

Where do you start when you are looking for a career in the theatre industry? It’s challenging getting a job in any industry and the competitive nature of the theatre industry is often seen as a barrier. If you follow our top 10 tips, you will definitely be in a better position to not only get a job in the theatre industry but also be a success in your chosen field. 

1. Goal-oriented approach

Having goals is something that will help you in the long run as it will give you something to work towards. But don’t forget, the journey to any career is never a straight, easy path - especially in theatre. There will be things that take you in all different directions and this is normal. As long as you don’t lose sight of what you want to gain and what you want your end goal to be, you will find the right career in theatre for you.


2. Research

Not everyone wants to study and that’s fine because that’s not the only way to begin your theatre career or be successful within the theatre industry. There are so many ways to do this so you must do your research to find out what these ways are. We’ve made it easy for you because we’ve put all this information in one place. It’s good to have a rough idea of what job role you would like to pursue within the theatre industry. If you’re not sure what job in theatre you are best suited to, don’t worry. Our handy blogs describing different jobs within theatre will help give you an insight to the many different roles available and what you need to do to get there. 

Take a look at our job descriptions here.


3. Experience

It will benefit you so much to have as much experience within your chosen area of theatre as possible, especially if you don’t want to study. If you don’t have a formal qualification (for example, a degree), having experience is what is going to make you stand out to potential employers when applying for jobs. Experience comes in many different forms but the three main forms are work experience, apprenticeships and internships. You can find information about all three of these experience opportunities here.


4. See as much theatre as you can

This is always a good suggestion because let’s face it, who doesn’t want to go to the theatre? Not only that but seeing a variety of different theatre shows will help you if you’re interested in a particular area of theatre e.g. if you’re interested in lighting you can take notes of lighting designs which peak your interest or are particularly inventive. Some theatre tickets can be a little expensive but don’t worry we’ve got that covered too. You can find a number of different ticket schemes where you can get discounted theatre tickets right here.


5. Social Media

This is the 21st century and almost everything is on social media. Try and be as active as you can without becoming anti-social. It’s a great tool to keep up-to-date with industry news, shows and upcoming theatremakers. It may sound obvious but never post any offensive or discriminating posts on any of your social media channels. Some employers like to view their employees social media pages and you don’t want something inappropriate to pop up that you wrote 10 years ago! 


6. Network

This can be daunting but once you get into the flow of it, it can be really fun and so invaluable to you in the future. You should network every chance you get and this doesn’t always have to be at a networking event; it may be a fellow Performer you met at an audition or your best friends cousin who is the Head of Lighting behind Wicked the musical. There are also loads of networking events available for young theatremakers which you can find here.


7. Positive attitude

It may be difficult at times to remain positive when starting out in a new career in theatre but it is really important to approach everything with positivity, especially when you’re going for interviews/auditions. If you’re an Actor auditioning can be constant throughout your career and you must always go into your auditions thinking that anything is possible. This is the same with any interviews for offstage roles too. If you go in with a negative attitude it will only go downhill from there.


8. Accepting responsibility

When you’re new in the industry (even when you are more established) you’re likely to make mistakes. Of course you are, you’re only human and this is totally natural. Accept you have made a mistake but always make sure you have learnt from the experience and then move on to the next thing. There is no need to lose sleep over a little mistake because this may affect your ability to complete other tasks and could lead you to make more mistakes. Accept it, learn from it and move on to the next thing.  


9. Aim small (but not for long) 

When you’re at the very beginning of your career in theatre, it’s wise to be realistic about what you want to achieve as well as what you are able to achieve. If you begin with an unrealistic goal it is unlikely you will get there at the beginning of your career and this can knock your confidence. Remember, every little step counts and these things take time.   


10. Fringe Theatre

Fringe Theatres and Festivals are a popular way to get a new piece of theatre noticed and produced. It can also be a great way to kick start your theatre career.  Fringe venues are all over the country and features every type of theatre you can imagine. Most shows are brand new that no one has ever seen before. One of the more well-known fringe festivals is Edinburgh Fringe. The TV show Fleabag started as a one woman show at the Festival. It was later adapted into an internationally famous award-winning TV show that we all know. Fringe theatre is a great opportunity to learn, get tips and ideas on theatre, performance, comedy and more, the sky's the limit. Remember to always make sure you are paid fairly when working on the fringe. 



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On this page you will find resources for teachers, careers advisors and youth theatre practitioners who want to educate and advise their students about a career within the theatre industry.

Make lesson planning and learning from home easy with these free digital theatre resources that drama teachers and parents can use to teach in the classroom, or adapt for teaching online, remotely and from home.

These resources will be updated frequently with helpful tips, information and workshop plans which will help your students and inform them about the different career paths there are within the theatre industry, both on and off stage.


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Are your students interested in a career in the Theatre? Then invite a Theatre Ambassador into school!

Inspiring the Future of Theatre 

Inspiring the Future is a free platform which connects schools and colleges with in-person and virtual volunteers across a huge range of job levels and sectors through a self-service portal. Inspiring the Future are working together with Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre recruit volunteer Ambassadors working in the Theatre industry to go into schools and showcase the range of careers available in theatre to young people and encouraging and strengthening connections between schools and theatres.

Register here to join the thousands of teachers in the network and get access to:

  1. A diverse range of volunteers from different jobs, sectors and career routes that can be invited via the self-service portal to visit your school or college and speak with your students.
  2. Free resources designed to help you plan different activities and meet Gatsby Benchmarks, including pre-recorded resourceswith accompanying activities to land the learning.
  3. Campaigns and projects focused on particular sectors or areas of need that you can take part in.
  4. Special employer-led projects that take place throughout the year – including employer-hosted events and in-school workshops.
  5. Bespoke support from the Inspiring the Future team to help you to use the system and start planning your encounters. Get in touch to plan your encounter on the phone with us.


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