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Backstage Youth Theatre


  • Category: Youth Theatre in Tunbridge Wells

Full Description

School years 8-13 (as of September 2020) on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the Summer term, and then selected weekends throughout the rest of the year

Application deadline: midday, Monday 19 April 2021

“Taking part in the Trinity Backstage Youth Theatre has given me excellent experience across a wide variety of backstage and technical areas. I’ve had the opportunity to work on a number of shows alongside theatre professionals, and it is such a great community to be involved in. It has also helped me go on to study Stage Management at university. I would thoroughly recommend it to all!”
Benedict, Backstage Youth Theatre member 2019-20

What is the Backstage Youth Theatre?

Take part, behind the scenes!Members build the Pie Shop set for Sweeney Todd

Our Backstage Youth Theatre gives members the opportunity to get involved in the creative process that goes into bringing a show from concept to stage. Through guidance from industry professionals, Backstage members learn about the different elements that happen behind the scenes in the theatre. From workshops to hands on experience working on our shows, this is a fantastic opportunity to see what goes on behind the curtain!

“Study all the things that you don’t want to go into in theatre. Study lighting. Do all the things. For my theatre major, I did makeup, I ran lights, I did sound design, I sewed costumes, and that stuff comes in incredibly handy when you work with other people. Theatre is all about collaboration, so you have to actually understand a bit of the job your collaborators are doing, so that you can speak to them fluently.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda

Members will get an opportunity to take part in workshops in:

  • Sound design and composition
  • Lighting design and operation
  • Set design and building
  • Designing make-up and hair
  • Costume design, sourcing and making
  • Stage management
  • Prop design, sourcing and making
  • Scenic arts


A member calls the show from the stage manager's deskMembers will hone skills through problem-solving activities, operating technical equipment and being an integral part of the team working on Trinity Youth Theatre’s large and varied programme of shows (such as Les Misérables, High School Musical, National Theatre Connections and the Edinburgh Fringe).

When it is safe to do so, we also take theatre trips throughout the year and invite industry professionals to take part in question and answer sessions with the group.

Sessions will be a mix of online and in-person workshops throughout the Summer and Autumn terms, with some of the group involved in the Trinity Youth Theatre Summer shows. These workshops will predominantly be during the day on Saturdays and Sundays.

To take part in the shows, members need to have attended an appropriate number of workshops in advance.

Former members have gone on to study Stage Management at university and drama school; the National Youth Theatre; and have been involved in operating Trinity’s professional productions.

A member adjusts a light on the lighting rigKeeping Everyone Safe

Trinity Theatre’s Safeguarding Policy

The sessions will be a lot of fun and a lot of thought is going into how to ensure things run during Covid, here’s the important stuff that will help us all stay safe:

  • All members will be given a specific entrance and exit to the venue for their group, and will not be able to wait in the Foyer as they have done previously due to Covid restrictions.
  • Those exhibiting Covid symptoms or who are in a household that is quarantining should not attend.
  • Groups are limited to 15 and all members and practitioners will be socially distanced throughout, with cleaning taking place between the different sessions. There will be an assigned toilet per group.

“Taking part in the Backstage Youth Theatre has heightened my interest in technical theatre, particularly stage management, and it’s been great fun to take part in productions, and meet some amazing friends too!”
Nathan, Backstage Youth Theatre member 2018-21

Fees & Bursaries

The group costs £150 for year, which includes workshops, a Backstage Youth Theatre hoodie, trips, theatre enhancement days, Q&As, socials and an opportunity to take part in the crew of Trinity Youth Theatre shows gaining first hand experience of a working theatre.

If we are unable to run a full programme throughout the year due to Covid restrictions, we will offer a partial refund or the chance to take part in the following year’s group.

Those taking part in one of our Trinity Youth Theatre weekly workshops also get a £15 deducted from the annual rate. Please contact us if you would like to sign up to multiple groups.

No one should be unable to take part because of financial constraints. Bursaries from The Elliott Fund are available for those on low incomes. Please contact us for more information.

Members create costumes for Alice in WonderlandHow to Apply

We are looking for members who show interest and enthusiasm for a range of backstage roles and will be willing to get stuck in to every part of backstage theatre. We have a limited number of spaces and, to ensure we get a good mix of interests and experience, we ask that those wanting to join fill out the following application form:

Apply Now!

Forms should be filled out by the applicant and not a parent. The deadline is midday, Monday 19 April 2021.

Any Questions?

Please send Rachel and Jason an email and they will get back to you as soon as they can.

Dates & Times

  • Date: 21 / 04 / 21Time: 12:00Book Now


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