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Work Experience

We offer some great work experience opportunities across the Theatre Royal Plymouth. Through this, we aim to help you make informed decisions about the breadth of the industry, and also about the arts sector.

Company 15

We receive a large number of requests for work experience and because of this we have formulated a specific week for young people between the ages of 14 and 17 called Company15.

Over the course of the week, Company15 participants will work with staff from across the organisation both in the Theatre Royal Plymouth and at TR2. The group will be set a series of tasks throughout the week that are related to a play (usually the performance in The Drum at the time) or by creating their own imagined Creative Learning project. Each department will explore the length and breadth of the theatrical world, covering each aspect of how people do their jobs. Please look out for more information in autumn 2019 when applications for Company 15 summer 2020 will open


The Theatre Royal aims to offer a range of work experience opportunities throughout the year. Our placements are designed to offer people over the age of 18 an insight into the context of working within a large scale regional theatre.

Current opportunities

The current opportunities are:

  • Peer Support Role/ 18Plus Work Experience Opportunity- Play in a Week

Stage Management – Young Company Playhouse Production

We are offering a fantastic opportunity to gain hands on experience in Stage Management at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.
We are seeking a work experience Stage Manager for our Young Company production, Big Small Lost Found Things by Miriam Battye which will be performed in the Drum as part of the Playhouse festival in July. This play will be performed by a company of approx 22 young people aged 8-11 years.
The Stage Manager will work closely with the Director, Nicole Redfern, and an Assistant Director during rehearsals.
When is the placement on offer?
You will need to be available for as many rehearsals as possible. A full rehearsals schedule can be downloaded.
Who we are looking for?
• A friendly and welcoming team player with fantastic people skills
• A hard working, energetic and enthusiastic person
• A first rate communicator
• A person who is keen to develop skills in back stage theatre
• Someone who is comfortable communicating with young people

What will you do?
• Maintaining a productive and safe environment during the rehearsal process
• Liaising with the props departments at TR2 in order to source any required props, and ensuring these are returned on completion of the festival
• Keep detailed notes on the script of lighting and sound cues
• Ensuring rehearsals don’t over run and appropriate breaks are taken
• Managing the backstage areas during the production week and performances

How to apply

Please apply in writing with the following details by 9am Thursday 23rd May:

• Name and Contact details
• A statement (no longer than one side of A4) on any previous experience you have relating to this volunteer opportunity and why you feel you would be suitable.
• It is compulsory for all individuals working with young people and vulnerable adults to have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check carried out within the last 3 years, we can help with that if you do not currently hold one.
Please send your application to
Applications Now Open
Applications Close: h2. 9am on Thursday 23rd May

All new placement opportunities will be posted on this page, so please check back a little later for future opportunities. If you would like any more information please email Engagement and Learning