National Theatre leading free virtual courses for young people nationwide to learn theatre-making skills

As the theatre industry continues to face huge

challenges and the National Theatre closes again under new coronavirus restrictions, the NT is prioritising its work with young people across the UK to provide opportunities for them to take part in creative activities and find new ways to explore theatre-making. The NT is collaborating with freelance artists, producers

and technicians across the theatre industry to lead digital introductory courses for young people to learn about theatre-making and develop skills from experts in the field. Applications are now open for young people across the

UK to apply to take part in the How to be a Producer and Young Technicians’ programmes, running in early 2021. These online courses provide an opportunity for young people who may not otherwise have access to the industry to explore roles in the theatre alongside mentoring from industry professionals. How to be a Producer for 16-21-year-olds is led by Tobi

Kyeremateng, producer and founder of the Black Ticket Project alongside producers from the National Theatre, Southbank Centre, Young Vic and many more. The online course will explore the role of producer and what it takes to produce cultural events, including in digital form, through interactive tutorials and problem-solving activities including budgeting and project management. The course will take place across evenings in February 2021 and 50% of places will be available for young Black people in partnership with the Black Ticket Project. The Young Technicians’ programme will be led by the NT’s expert technical

teams to introduce the basics of lighting, sound and video through digitally delivered practical workshops, demonstrations and expert Q&As all delivered

online. All participants will receive mini equipment kits to take part in hands- on challenges and learn practical skills. This course is open to 14-18-year olds and will run from January to March 2021. These programmes are free to take part in and furthering the NT’s

commitment to access, places will be prioritised for young people from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse backgrounds, from working class backgrounds and/or with disabilities. Added support will be provided for young people at risk of digital exclusion.

Orchestras for All announces free access to group music-making programme for state secondary schools

National music education charity Orchestras for All (OFA) has today announced that for one year only, access to their transformative Modulo Programme for state secondary schools will be free of charge to all participants, offering vital support to music teachers and young musicians throughout the UK. Nick Thorne, OFA Executive Director

commented: “With Covid-19 having radically changed the music-making landscape, music departments across the country are currently facing huge challenges to play music together safely. We also recognise that financial constraints remain as one of the main barriers to participation in the arts. “Now more than ever, Orchestras for All

believes in the importance of music-making for young people, and its ability to transcend educational ability, socio economic status and disability. By offering a free, flexible programme of specialist coaching, digital resources and performance opportunities, we invite music teachers to sign up and create a nationwide musical network that can keep music alive in our schools during these challenging times.” The Modulo Programme, which usually costs schools £300 per year, supports music teachers working in state secondaries to set up a small ensemble - a

‘Modulo ’- and make music together. Whether beginner violinists or experienced electric guitarists, all instruments and skill levels are welcome. Anyone interested in finding out more is invited to join a free CPD webinar introducing the programme, content and some top tips for leading an ensemble

on 2 December. To register your interest, please email To sign up to the Modulo Programme and for more details, please visit our website here

10 November 2020

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