If you're aged 16-30 it's time to prep your utility belts, ready your sidekicks and book now for this year’s TheatreCraft on Monday 19 November at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel.

If your spidey senses have been tingling this week, it’s probably because bookings have officially opened for TheatreCraft 2018, the UK’s largest free theatre careers event for young people. TheatreCraft is a full day of activities offering a unique glimpse into a range of non-performance careers from directing, stage management and producing to marketing, lighting and automation.

TheatreCraft remains entirely free and offers attendees an exclusive insight into the world of theatre. Attendees will be able to take part in dynamic workshops led by leading industry professionals, explore the vibrant marketplace of exhibiting arts organisations and education providers, connect with peers and potential employers through various networking opportunities and speak with experts in one-to-one advice sessions.

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TheatreCraft 2018. Photography by Rocio Chacon

Behind-the-scenes roles in theatre can often go unrecognised, but this year TheatreCraft are promoting theatre’s ‘heroes-in-hiding’ to highlight the extraordinary skillsets and roles available within the sector.

Fronting this year’s campaign are a selection of inspiring theatre makers from different corners of the industry: Daniel Walker (Head of Armoury at the Royal Opera House), Debbie Hicks (Producer), Kadhija Raza (Set & Costume Designer) Rajiv Pattani (Lighting Designer & Technician at the Bush Theatre), Sam Shuck (Prosthetics & Make Up Artist) and Sunita Hinduja (Company and Stage Manager).

TheatreCraft is something I wish I was aware of much earlier in my career

Commenting on this year’s event, Rajiv Pattani said:

“TheatreCraft is something I wish I was aware of much earlier in my career. The event provides a fascinating insight into the industry and a vital platform for young people to explore all the avenues of life that goes into making such amazing West End and Fringe productions. I’m incredibly proud to be supporting this year’s campaign and can’t wait for the doors to open again in November this year!”

TheatreCraft 2018, Miro Magazine

TheatreCraft 2018. Photography by Rocio Chacon

Kadhija Raza, who attended TheatreCraft in 2015, commented:

“TheatreCraft is so important for young people to learn about the multitude of roles that exist within theatre. When I attended in 2015 I completely fell in love with all aspects of theatre design, so it’s great to be representing designers for TheatreCraft this year.”

In 2017, SOLT and UK Theatre’s Workforce Review found that off-stage theatre, despite benefiting from a passionate, engaged workforce, is struggling with a shortage of skilled technical workers. TheatreCraft has supported off-stage talent since it’s conception in 2003 and is one of the only theatre events which highlight tangible routes into the industry.

The annual event strives to inspire a whole new generation to consider offstage career opportunities in the theatre.

Booking is now open for TheatreCraft, which returns to the Waldorf Hilton Hotel on Monday 19 November 2018.
Click here to book your place for free!

TheatreCraft 2018, Miro Magazine