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Theatre staff celebrate International Stage Management Day 2017

Deputy stage manager Kim Lewis working on the National Theatre production of Jane Eyre
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Stage managers from around the world are being celebrated as part of International Stage Management Day.

The event was first established in 2013 by the Stage Management Association, to shine a light on work in theatres that can be overlooked.

People have taken to Twitter to honour the backstage workers, posting pictures and blogs to shine a light on their contributions.

The National Theatre, Bush Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe in London are among the venues tweeting backstage pictures of their stage management teams.

To promote the event many used the hashtag #StageMgrs17 to share their celebrations online. Stage management teams also took over some accounts for the day to post and tweet about their experiences.

Actor Aaron Neil said that most people didn’t know how critical the work of stage managers was, while Suba Das, associate director at Curve Theatre Leicester called the backstage workers “heroes”.

Andy Rowley, SMA executive director told The Stage that stage managers were too often overlooked and that this celebration would allow others an inside look into their world.