It’s TheatreCraft time again and I’m at The London Coliseum to meet students, sit in on workshops and talk to industry stand holders at this annual “buzzy” careers fair devoted to backstage jobs - in all their diversity.
The Stage Events — our new venture for 2012 which will launch a series of training seminars, some led by me, others by colleagues John Byrne, Barbara Eifler, Jo Hawes and others — has a stand and is attracting masses of interest.
Nearby are stands manned by Methuen Drama, East 15, Theatres Trust, Creative and Cultural Skills and London College of Fashion. The RSC, ENO, RWCMD, Equity and IdeasTap are here too, along with many others. This year’s event is sponsored by White Light Ltd.
Students aged 17 to 25 are flocking with enthusiastic interest. Some are alone. Others are with parents or school groups and their needs and interests range from how a school leaver might put a tentative foot on the performing arts careers ladder to 20-something graduates wanting some specialised training and wondering how on earth to fund it.