Everything the National Theatre produces for shows, from costumes and props to scenic art, is made in the building, making it the largest factory in central London. In 2011, an apprenticeship scheme was created to futureproof this ability, and that of the industry, to deliver world-class theatre.
Sophie Barrett showed natural flair to be chosen from 45 candidates for a two-year Scenic Art Apprenticeship in 2017. She is supported by three mentors - the heads of scenic art and construction for practical skills and apprenticeships manager for professional skills - and is completing a BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Design and Level 2 Diploma in Design Support. QEST is funding Sophie's second-year salary and a course in draughtsmanship.
“I am thrilled to be in this professional environment learning painting, drawing and texturing and gaining knowledge of materials and scenic techniques that will lead to career opportunities in theatre, film and television.”