A new research project is to take a workshop into schools that aims to introduce students to careers in backstage roles.
The project will also investigate young people’s attitudes towards a career in theatre in a bid to improve backstage diversity.
The Backstage Absences project is being led by associate lecturer at Bedford FE College and former costume supervisor, Isolde Walker, and former stage manager and freelance technician, Bex Foskett.
Walker and Foskett have developed a workshop which they will take into local secondary schools to introduce 14 to 16-year-olds to backstage roles.
They will gather data on the participants’ opinions towards a career in theatre and the workshop.
This is a pilot study, with funding from Bedford FE College, which Walker and Foskett hope to expand in the future to gather more data.
Walker said: “Where we want this project to go, is to create an educational foundation that is about getting [young people from a range of backgrounds] into theatre, but we can’t do that until we know why they’re not coming and what theatre means to them.”
The study will take place in June and July, with the results expected to be released in September.