RSC programme aims to inspire poorer students to consider careers in the arts

The Royal Shakespeare Company has launched a new programme to give teenagers from financially disadvantaged backgrounds the chance to explore careers in acting or working backstage.

RSC Next Generation is a response to the fact that young people from low income families are under-represented in the theatre world.

As part of the RSC’s talent development programme, leading theatre-makers, actors and directors will give advice, teaching, support and practical experience to teenagers.

Up to 24 talented 13 to 18-year-olds will join RSC Next Generation to develop their skills as actors, with the company continuing to offer support until the students are 18. Meanwhile 40 to 50 students aged 13 to 18 will be given a backstage pass, enabling them to discover what goes on behind the scenes to bring each RSC production to life.

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