Work Experience

Work Experience

Darlington Hippodrome offers a number of week-long work experience placements throughout the year, for students from schools and colleges throughout Darlington. Work experience provides students with the opportunity to undertake a variety of roles in a number of departments within the organisation, to gain a broad insight into the running of Darlington Hippodrome and inspire future learning and career progression.

Students undertaking work experience at Darlington Hippodrome will work in a number of departments for the week, to provide a broad insight into the variety of roles within a busy theatre environment, and an understanding of how all the departments work together. Students will follow a set timetable for the week, which may involve them working late evenings or weekends, to provide a realistic working environment. Duties may include:

• Helping front of house staff welcome audience members attending a show
• Working with the marketing team developing and distributing promotional material for shows
• Working within the box office to deal with customer enquiries and ticket sales
• Working within our engagement team supporting classes and workshops for members of the public such as Darlington Hippodrome Youth Theatre or Youth Dance
• Accompanying our staff leading tours of the building for members of the public
• Working in our technical team rigging sets and equipment for shows
• Researching our heritage archive
• Learning about our galleries and helping to curate exhibitions

Students will also be expected to complete their Bronze Arts Award as part of their work experience placement. This will require working throughout the week to create an Arts Award portfolio. Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification that supports anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world.

Please note Darlington Hippodrome is a receiving theatre, which means we receive productions along with their sets and costumes. We do not produce work, therefore do not provide work experience in costume or set design, stage management, directing/producing, or acting. Students who are interested in making theatre can join our Hippodrome Youth Theatre.

Application process

All students wishing to undertake work experience at Darlington Hippodrome will need to complete the application form which is live on our website when we are open for applications. All applications forms will be considered, however as there are limited places we regret we will not be able to accommodate all requests.

Applications will be prioritised from children and young people who:

• Attend school in Darlington and/or live in Darlington
• Have an active interest in theatre/arts
• Already attend Darlington Hippodrome Youth Theatre or Youth Dance
• Are from the ‘looked after’ sector

All applications for work experience must be submitted by 15 October of the academic year in which the work experience placement is due to take place. We will endeavour to inform all applicants of the outcome of their application by 30 October.

For more information

For more information, please contact Chris Wellings, Audience Development and Participation Officer on (01325) 405510 or by emailing


Contact details

If you want to type a date of birth in rather than using the picker you will need to enter it in the following format. '31 August 2017'

About you

Please state here the week that you would like to have work experience at Darlington Hippodrome.

If your school or college does not have a set week for work experience, please explain the week that you would prefer to attend a work experience replacement, or write that you are flexible.

Please tell us about yourself and any relevant experience or interests you have in theatre.

Please say why you would be interested in having a work experience placement at Darlington Hippodrome. Applications will be prioritised from children and young people who have an active interest in the theatre/arts, already attend our youth theatre and dance classes or are from the ‘looked after’ sector. Please state here whether any of these apply to you:

Young people who undertake a work experience placement with us will be asked to complete a Bronze Arts Award as part of their work.

This is a nationally recognised qualification. To achieve Bronze, a Level 1 award on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), young people take part in an arts activity they enjoy, go to an arts event, research their arts inspiration and share their skills with others. They will undertake this work as part of their work experience week. Young people will be asked to contribute approx. £23 to cover to costs of moderation.

To be filled in by parent or guardian

The information in this document will remain strictly confidential, and will not be passed on to any third parties. Please hand in your work experience application no later than 15th November of the academic year you are applying for the placement.