Inspiring the Future of Theatre

Inspiring the Future of Theatre

Inspiring the Future of Theatre is a wide-reaching industry initiative which aims to show young people the range of careers available in theatre, and to encourage and strengthen connections between schools and their local theatres.

Take a look at highlights from this year's Inspiring the Future of Theatre Day.

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Inspiring the Future of Theatre was launched in July 2018 by SOLT and UK Theatre in partnership with charity Education and Employers.

The campaign forms part of SOLT and UK Theatre's Workforce Development Strategy. Theatre and the performing arts are part of the creative industries, the fastest growing part of the UK economy. They contribute £101.5 billion in gross value added (GVA). UK Theatre and SOLT believe that if the sector is to continue to thrive, it must draw on the talent base, and build audiences, from all areas of society.

You can get involved in three ways:

1. Volunteer to visit a local school

We are asking our colleagues across the industry to volunteer as Inspiring the Future of Theatre Ambassadors. Once signed up, Ambassadors will be invited to careers events in local schools. This is an open invitation to everyone who works in our industry, regardless of what stage in your career you are, or the role you do. As of June 2019, 1,060 of you have signed up to be Inspiring the Future of Theatre Ambassadors, and you have directly reached over 51,000 young people.

2. Take part in a flagship event

UK Theatre, SOLT and Education and Employers are coordinating careers events in schools and theatres around the country. Nine events have already taken place - please see below for full details.

3. Support #InspiringFutureTheatre day on social media

Here's a Twitter moment of this year's #InspiringFutureTheatre Day (3 July). It helps to tell the story of the industry's work engaging young people, communities and schools.

Please see the tabs below for more information.

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As of June 2019, 1,060 of you have signed up to be Inspiring the Future of Theatre Ambassadors, and you have directly reached over 51,000 young people. Thank you! 

The aim is to show young people the range of roles available in the theatre and performing arts industry and to encourage them to consider it a viable career option. We are looking for volunteers at every stage of their career, from all over the country and in all career paths.

We have put together a guidance pack containing various resources, advice and hints and tips for any school visits you are invited to. There is more information in the FAQ section below.


#InspiringFutureTheatre Day returned on Wednesday 3 July 2019. Theatres across the UK took to social media to tell the world about the amazing work they do to inspire young people in their community and schools. Here's some highlights of #InspiringFutureTheatre Day 2019.

Here's a summary of the year's worth of activities.

Last year #InspiringFutureTheatre trended UK-wide, and we want to repeat this success and spread the message in 2019. Check out some of the social media highlights from #InspiringFutureTheatre Day 2018 here.

Here's how you can get involved this year:

  • Use one of our templates to share what you do   
  • Share a video from a recent initiative
  • Share a trailer for an upcoming outreach programme
  • Share your education web page
  • Share details of your projects

Download our social media templates

UK Theatre, SOLT and Education and Employers are coordinating flagship Inspiring the Future of Theatre events around the UK, focusing on areas prioritised for social mobility and cultural development.

Seven events have already taken place, with more in the pipeline for Oldham, Hastings, Stoke-on-Trent, Derby, Blackpool, Bradford and Glasgow. The year of events will culminate in London on 3 July 2019, which is also #InspiringFutureTheatre day.

Past Events:
  • In June 2019 pupils from St Albert's Primary School in Glasgow attended a morning of activities at Tramway, hosted by the Citizens Theatre
  • Pupils from Nene and Ramnoth School in Fenland and East Cambridgeshire visited the Key Theatre in March 2019 for a backstage tour and workshops.
  • In March 2019 Theatre Royal Norwich hosted an afternoon of activities for 45 Year 5 pupils: a backstage tour, a marketing workshop designing posters, and informal chats with theatre staff volunteers.
  • Cast worked with Park Primary School in Doncaster over a two week period in February 2019, culminating in Year 5 pupils staging a play about the Peasants Revolt.
  • Crowcombe Primary School in West Somerset hosted an event for 50 pupils aged 7-11, which was attended by volunteers from the Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Colston Hall and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. The event featured a panel session and lively classroom chats and took place in January 2019.
  • The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich worked with Year 5 and 6 pupils in November 2018; running workshops, holding informal chats and taking part in a panel session.
  • In October 2018 the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff hosted 30 Year 3 pupils for a brilliant morning of workshops and a backstage tour.
  • Our launch event took place in July 2018 at Northstead Community Primary School in Scarborough. 150 Year 6 pupils from Northstead and two surrounding schools (Overdale and St Peters) came together for a morning of activities, panel sessions and discussions led by staff from the nearby Stephen Joseph Theatre, as well as representatives from Hull Truck Theatre, Beach Hut Theatre, Northern Ballet and Qdos Entertainment – all based in the region. More information can be found in our press release.
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