Not everyone wants to be in the spotlight

The Backstage Project was a five-day residency where young people, learnt about backstage theatre roles from professional technical theatre and production experts, and got hands-on experience in lighting, sound and stage management.

They were led by an experienced stage manager, and had guest led sessions with other professionals, including the expert technical crew of the Brook and Central Theatres. Learning from experts with real industry experience, they tried their hand at different backstage roles, learning through discussion, demonstration and activities.

At the end of the week, they put their new skills to the test, creating the lighting and sound for a rehearsal of Icon’s latest production.

The Backstage Project was free to take part in, and was designed to give young people ages 13+ an insight into the technical side of the theatre industry, offering a chance to explore the different technical and production opportunities available out there.


The Brook Theatre, Chatham, ME4 4SE

Date and Time

Monday 1 – Friday 5 August 2022
10 – 1pm

'It was the first time I got to see drama as something for myself and something I could actively participate in and enjoy.'
— Tef - Icon Youth Theatre (Medway)
‘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
'It helps you learn, it helps you grow and become more of what you want to become.'
— Ruby - Icon Youth Theatre (Medway)
'Theatre31 did a great job of making the children feel comfortable and you could see their confidence grow within the session!'
— Year 5 teacher, Queenborough School and Nursery, Sheppey

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