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National Theatre to endorse line of branded backstage products

Alasdair Flint and Laura Wigan, a scenic carpentry apprentice, in the carpentry department backstage at the National Theatre. Photo: Emma Digby Alasdair Flint and Laura Wigan, a scenic carpentry apprentice, in the carpentry department backstage at the National Theatre. Photo: Emma Digby
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National Theatre-approved backstage hardware products will be developed as part of a new relationship with theatrical goods supplier Flints.

The tie-up means that props and carpentry departments at the NT will test new products for Flints, including paints and other prop-making tools, which will then be given an NT “stamp of approval” and carried in Flints’ catalogue from next year.

A spokeswoman for the theatre said the idea was for the NT to “give feedback about what works, what doesn’t and how a product might be developed further”.

She added that this would “support and nurture innovation in the theatrical goods sector”.

As part of the new partnership, Flints will also serve as workshops partner for the NT.

Under this, Flints will provide “welcome toolkits” for apprentices at the venue, which will include specific equipment apprentices may need in their role.

NT head of construction, Darren Joyce, said the toolkits would “make an enormous difference to the apprentices we have joining our departments”.

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