The Backstage Centre Partnership Project

As part of New Adventures & Re:Bourne’s work with higher education and Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes being created at The Backstage Centre, in Purfleet, we have created a new project that gives students the opportunity to learn from our technical and production team.

In 2016 The Backstage Centre provided learning space for the first ever National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries, which includes learners for a Professional Diploma in Technical and Production at Level 4 - a year-long programme with a new cohort every year. During the course students will learn directly within a professional environment, exposing them to the realities of the workplace. With New Adventures creating a brand new show in their space, it was the perfect chance for these students to access world class industry professionals working in their fields.

This exciting collaboration and partnership has involved students gaining an array of experiences with a variety of members of The Red Shoes technical and production team, such as networking opportunities, talks, case studies, question and answer sessions, practical demonstrations and set tours. The 2016/17 cohort of students also had the opportunity to shadow our technical and production team, observe rehearsals and take part in the load out of set and technical equipment from The Backstage Centre before The Red Shoes arrived in Plymouth.

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The Backstage Centre Partnership Project