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Work behind the stage will help jobless

Lights, camera, action - Hilary Strong who will be creating a theatre skills course for the jobless.

Picture by Louise Adams C140073-1 Bog Jan23 Skills

Lights, camera, action - Hilary Strong who will be creating a theatre skills course for the jobless. Picture by Louise Adams C140073-1 Bog Jan23 Skills

A PROJECT teaching tricks of the trade behind the stage will give unemployed people in Bognor Regis a chance to learn some new skills.

The theatre skills workshops, which will be run out of the Aspire Skills Centre, in Westloats Lane, will give those struggling to find a job a whole host of experiences and skills they can use in the workplace.

Hilary Strong, director of Making Theatre Gaining Skills, said she was looking forward to giving the 18 to 30-year-olds the chance to boost their employability.

“These workshops are not about encouraging people to become actors.

“It is not about the showbiz, the glitz and the glamour.

“It is about teaching what sort of work goes on behind the scenes and how many different types of careers there are in the industry.

“They will also learn transferable skills, like working in a team, the importance of being on time, all things that will help them in the workplace,” she said.

During the course there will be the opportunity to learn the skills of a number of different roles, such as costume designers, set designers, lighting and sound technicians.

Hilary said: “We will be putting together a 30-minute professional production, which will be hard work for them, having to immediately work to industry standards.

“The first two weeks we will concentrate on pulling it together and then there will be a performance for an invited group of young children and then in the third week, we will be visiting a number of local primary and infant schools.

“This will give them the chance to see what it is like to be on a road tour, and the amount of work that goes into it, loading and unloading vans, setting up.”

Hilary also hopes the project will act as a catalyst for getting people who may have not done so well at school to improve their English and maths.

There will be three courses, each lasting for three weeks, and there is space for up to 12 on each, put forward by the town’s Job Centre.

Funding from the Department of Work and Pensions has been given.

Hilary is also on the lookout for any donations which could be put to good use as part of the project.

If anyone has a working sewing machine they no longer need, or any carpentry tool or materials you can contact by emailing 
hilary@strong-ideas.co.uk or telephone 01243 389931 and leave a message.

 
 
 

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