Gain backstage and technical theatre experience and skills with a range of leading theatre venues and companies including Russell Maliphant Dance Company, Theatre Royal Stratford East, The Central (Chatham), and the National Theatre.

Led by industry professionals, these days offer hands-on practical experience of backstage and technical theatre including stage and production management, crewing, scenic design, lighting and sound.

These opportunities can lead to work experience placements with Icon and paid roles as part of the backstage crew on Icon’s professional theatre productions.

Previous Visits

8 December 2023 – A trip to The Gulbenkian to see Battersea Arts Centre, Beatbox Academy and rODIUM’s The Pied Piper. The performance was followed by a stage management talk, set tour and Q&A with the Gulbenkian LX and Sound team.

4 February 2024 – A tour of Jacksons Lane, the home of contemporary circus. Included a showing of LasTheatre’s The Littlest Yak, followed by a workshop with LAStheatre Artistic Director Barra Collins.

Tuesday 20 February – A day of discovering the secrets of world-class audio visual technology at one of London’s leading venues, The QEII Centre. Participants met a dedicated team of technicians and took part in a 2-hour technical workshop, putting together their own awards show and learning how to programme and operate sound, lights and visuals as they stood on the stage where world leaders have delivered speeches.

Wednesday 28 February – A backstage tour at the home of Joan Littlewood, one of the most inspirational directors of the 20th century, followed by a stage management workshop and evening performance of Chuchu Nwagu’s The Big Life at Theatre Royal Stratford East.


This is a free opportunity.

How To Take Part

Technical and Backstage Training Days run throughout the year and details are advertised on this webpage and our social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

Our next visit will take place this summer, details to be announced.

Icon provides train or coach travel for these experiences. To take part or for further information, contact:

Phone: 01634 813179
WhatsApp: using the green button on our website homepage

What is Icon’s Incubator programme?

Icon’s Incubator programme provides work experience, careers advice and mentoring, backstage and technical training, and an Assistant Director Placement programme, nurturing the next generation of set, lighting and sound designers, directors, producers, administrators, technicians and backstage crew.

‘It has been lifechanging. Lady Unchained has helped get my life changed, I’ve started to look for opportunities on the outside, and see that there is life after prison.’
— Young Artist, Cookham Wood Young People’s Theatre Programme

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