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Careers in Theatre: Trainees

Following our 20 years of experience encouraging GCSE, BTEC and A Level Drama students to explore the many different careers on offer in the theatre industry, we are now offering paid trainee roles to help young adults make their first step into a career in theatre. All our trainees are paid the London Living Wage.

Thanks to support from the Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund, Half Moon are able to offer free training and paid trainee roles to six young people from September 2021 to March 2022. Nine days of training covered Front of House work, Access work and Lighting work and safeguarding. In order to maximise the impact of the programme, we opened the training out to five additional young people who will hopefully be able to use the skills they developed in the Half Moon training to go on to paid work elsewhere.

We hope that this programme will be funded annually. So get in touch if you would like to partner with us, or be part of the programme next academic year.

Email Head of Creative Learning, Beccy Allen

2021/22 Trainees

Ben

Front of House Assistant

Bobby has short red and green hair and is wearing a black t-shirt.

Bobby

Front of House Assistant

Kelly

Front of House and Access Assistant

A girl with short ginger hair wearing a blue hoodie stands in front of the Half Moon bookshop.

Molly

Technical Assistant

Safiya

Front of House and Access Assistant

Toni

Technical Assistant

Read Toni’s story

Feedback from Trainees

“The training is completely different to everything I have ever done before; lighting and front of house particularly. I loved every minute of it.

Doing lighting has given me the ability to control lights which I feel I might have to do in any job I want to go into. I do another programme with Rich Mix and I can now use those skills for them too. I knew about front of house and how it works but now I know where everything is and how to work with the public in a more polite manner. And I know how you control yourself and how you talk in a difficult situation. They’re definitely transferrable skills. I always thought about being a facilitator and wanted the knowledge of how to make a workshop diverse and inclusive. I now have the knowledge to support young people with disabilities and understand how to get them involved in the right way.

It was good to have all the disciplines with the same amount of time in each and was spread out well. I actually really enjoyed the safeguarding training and to me it was the most important. I don’t know much about being self-employed yet but I’m excited to learn. I’m still looking for more training experiences with acting and stuff and I feel like this training and the trainee role will help me move on to other things too.”

Kelly, Front of House and Access Assistant

“When I first started the programme I wanted to learn more about Access, as it is something I’m thinking about doing in the future, but for now I want to focus on the technical side of theatre.

I chose to do lighting because I want to hone the skills I already have as Technical Theatre is something I want to do as a career. So far, I have learnt how to patch a desk and the ‘intelligent’ and ‘non-intelligent’ ways to do this. The difference is that ‘intelligent’ lights use a DMX cable which you can daisy chain together. That makes it easier than inputting each light separately. You just set a different address for each of the lights.

I’ve been working on gaining more confident and asking questions. The team here are great and always help you understand what you’re doing.”

Toni , Technical Assistant

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