Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre once again delivered their flagship work experience and pathways event, offering placements to over 70 S4-6 pupils on 7 and 8 December.

Enterprise @ the Rep is an exciting opportunity for pupils from across the city to gain real-life experience of working within a theatre. The project provides young people with the invaluable chance to hone their employability skills in a supportive environment, which includes a formal job application and shortlisting process with only those who are successful at the interview stage going on to participate in the two-day project under the mentorship of Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre staff.

The successful candidates became directors, actors, dancers, scenic designers, costume designers, stage managers, lighting designers, sound designers, creative learning facilitators and members of the press and marketing team. They worked with Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre staff to explore a short scene from this year’s festive family show A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, culminating in a presentation to an invited audience of education specialists, industry professionals, family and friends.

“Enterprise @ the Rep is an ambitious theatre-based project, the only one of its kind in Scotland, which provides young people with the unique opportunity to develop their skills for learning, life and work in a professional environment. As we enter our ninth year, we are delighted to say that the project continues to grow in strength and number and one of its greatest successes is that so many young people have been inspired to forge a career for themselves in theatre and dance as a result of their involvement and so we are very much looking forward to welcoming this year’s 73 participants to the building for another rewarding two days,” said Dundee Rep’s Education and Pathways Associate, Heather Cassidy, who is leading the project.

Sitting at the heart of our core mission to embed creative learning practices across the building, Enterprise @ the Rep enables us to not only develop greater creative opportunities for a range of participants, visiting artists and staff but to also help raise the ambitions and aspirations of young people across the region, opening up the idea to them that a career in the arts is an inspiring and viable prospect.