Four apprentices based at the High House Production Park graduated from their Royal Opera House Apprentice Scheme in July.
Over the past two or three years the apprentices have completed vocational training in backstage theatre posts ranging from metalwork to lighting and carpentry to wigs and make-up.
Scenic Carpentry apprentice Flynn Clark from Southend, Sophie Scott, Costume apprentice from Benfleet, Scenic Metal Work apprentice Les Hamilton from Bermondsey and Romy Loughman from Lewes who was the Scenic Art apprentice joined the Covent Garden apprentices Laura Pearl (Wigs and Make-up) from Southend and Mel Wells (Lighting) from Morecambe to attend a special event at the Royal Opera House in London to celebrate their achievements and graduation.
During their time at the ROH the apprentices combine practical on-the-job training with college study to gain a thorough understanding of the industry. During the two or three years of their apprenticeship they train alongside some of the best industry professionals to learn their craft.
Alex Beard, Chief Executive commented: “All our apprentices past and present benefit not only the organisation but the wider performing arts sector and I wish all those graduating this year the very best of luck in their future careers. Their work enables us to continue staging world-class ballet and opera and I want to personally thank each one of them for their commitment, hard work and talent as they begin their careers as some of the finest craftspeople within the industry.”
The ROH apprenticeship scheme has helped young people across the UK gain vital experience.
Past apprentices have, amongst other roles, gone on to work at the National Theatre, on the costumes for the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, worked with Turner prize-winning artist Chris Ofili and many continue to work at the Royal Opera House after their apprenticeship is completed.
In 2018 the Royal Opera House will welcome eight new apprentices in Costume Tailoring; Hair, Wigs and Make-up; Props, Carpentry and Metalwork; Stage Engineering; Scenic Carpentry; Scenic Metalwork; Technical Theatre. Visit: http://www.roh.org.uk/learning/young-people/apprenticeships