THE RSC is looking to open the stage door to young people who might otherwise not get the chance of a career in the theatre.
RSC Next Generation is a new long-term talent development programme aimed at annually giving up to 100 youngsters from the age of aged 13 from disadvantaged backgrounds the chance to possibly follow a career on stage or behind the scenes.
RSC artistic director Gregory Doran said: “We are looking forward to the future, developing new talent with RSC Next Generation.
“Theatre has been my passion since childhood and it’s there that our imaginations are first sparked. I am so pleased that we are opening up opportunities for a new generation of young talent to explore theatre careers in acting, directing and backstage, and that we are doing this important work in collaboration with our theatre partners and schools across the country.
“Shakespeare belongs to everyone and what better legacy from 2016 than to give new voices a chance to shine.”
Developed in collaboration with partner theatres and schools across the country, RSC Next Generation is a response to the under-representation of young people from low-income backgrounds across the theatre sector.
Some of the best theatre-makers, actors and directors in the business will give advice, teaching, support and practical experience, under the guidance of the RSC, from acting to directing to working behind the scenes on everything from props to sound.
Photos by Lucy Barriball.