The People's Theatre Company

Career Development Programme for New Artists alongside a new family musical

The PTC has a reputation for producing the best in family entertainment. Material that is as sophisticated and considered as it is entertaining, and priced to be accessible to people in local communities. The People’s Theatre Company's Career Development Programme is free and aims to graduate participants onto paid work either with ourselves or other organisations. The effectiveness of PTC programmes in helping artists to develop their skills and progress their careers has been recognised by the support of bodies including The British Council and Arts Council England.

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  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
  • OtherOther



Most people know that PTC productions have a reputation for excellence. What they may not realise is that the company's productions give performers, technicians, designers and writers the chance to work alongside experienced professionals and showcase their talent, while picking up practical, real world skills to supplement their existing knowledge and training. Past participants of the career development programme include Drew Mulligan, star of the Palme D'or nominated film Tulse Luper's Suitcase, Louise McCarthy, who played Lisa in the West End's Mama Mia, Imogen Butler-Cole, now an internationally recognised director and Leanne Garretty now in her third year of Starlight Express in Bochum. The PTC has also helped aspiring Theatre Administrators, Designers and Producers, such as Inga Hirst of Dissensemble, to create independent projects or start their own companies. This project will develop a new family musical themed on equality and the importance of using your head and run alongside a career development programme for new and aspiring theatre artists. A free drama workshop for children and their grown ups and a free education pack for shools will be provided. The aims of the project are twofold: firstly to help new and aspiring artists along their chosen career path with practical resources, new skills and signposts to work and secondly to provide accessible, worthwhile entertainment for children and their families. The cost of the project is £49424 with contributions already promised from venues across the country, Runnymede Borough Council and our own staff - such is their commitment to the project. The company requires a further £25000 to go ahead.