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Stage Production (ages 14-17)

Summer School for Children and Young People


This intensive two-week summer course allows students to gain hands-on experience working across the many departments that make up the backstage technical team for live performances. Over this two-week course students will attend a number of masterclasses in sound, lighting and stage management, and will have the opportunity to put the skills learned into a showcase event at the end of week two.

Working alongside industry professionals and degree staff from the Production Technology and Management programme, the students will get hands-on experience of a wide range of departments and roles that make up the backstage team.

In week one students will attend a masterclass each day, learning about the roles and responsibilities that exist in the lighting, sound and stage management departments. In week two, the students will take all the practical skills learned and will work as part of the production team on the end of week sharing’s for the various summer schools. These performances will be staged on the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Chandler Studio Theatre.

By the end of the course you will have:

  • Worked backstage in the Chandler Studio Theatre at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Worked alongside industry professionals in stage management, sound and lighting
  • Worked within the same classrooms and venues as students on the degree programme at the RCS – accessing some of the same equipment that the degree students use
  • Received hands on training within a wide range of departments that work backstage in a professional theatre
  • Gained first-hand experience of the roles that make up the backstage team and have a further understanding of the degree courses on offer at the RCS
  • Worked as part of a professional crew in the staging of an event for friends and family

This course will be a fun, supportive and challenging environment in which all students can explore and learn. The course would be suitable for those keen to learn more about the production process and the departments that work backstage to bring theatrical shows to life.

If you have any questions in advance of booking, please contact us at

You may be interested in: Introduction to Set and Costume Design (13-17)

The important details

14 -17


22 July - 2 August 2024

Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB

Course Information

No previous knowledge is required but a keen interest in management and technology for performance and/or lighting and sound is important.

Students should come to the course expecting to work hard, be challenged and enjoy contributing to the creative process.

This course runs for two weeks, Monday – Fridays, from 10am – 5pm.


Week One: 22 – 26 July 2024
Week Two: 29 July – 2 August 2024

Summer Accommodation

We are pleased to welcome students from across the world to our Summer Schools. Our course fees do not include accommodation or food, and these should be organised by the student. Our campus is located in Glasgow city centre, and you can find the addresses below.

We recommend Base Glasgow, as purpose-built accommodation for Conservatoire students, with Rehearsal Rooms, Practice spaces and Dance Studios. Base Glasgow is perfectly suited for our summer school students; both safe and secure, with 24/7 staff presence and only 3 mins walk from our main Renfrew Street building, keeping travel costs to a minimum.

Classic En-Suite rooms come with a 3/4 bed, en-suite bathroom, ample storage, mirror, study desk and chair. The shared area includes a spacious lounge and kitchen area.

Please note that Short Courses staff are not affiliated with BASE or on site outwith the summer school teaching hours, and therefore cannot take responsibility for students outside of these hours.

For more information about booking accommodation at BASE Glasgow you can contact them directly via website BASE – Student Accommodation in Glasgow or email

Alternatively, there are plenty of hotels, hostels, and b’n’b options available. We are located close to transport links should you wish to stay outside the city centre. If you are travelling to Glasgow for a course, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance that covers course fees, travel, accommodation, and cancellations due to COVID-19 – as RCS will not refund in this circumstance. You can view the Cancellations and Refund policy for full information.

For students under 18 years old, we strongly advise travelling with a responsible adult should any emergency situations arise during class. Students are only monitored by staff during class times.

Renfrew Street Campus: 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB
Wallace Studios Campus: 210 Garscube Road, Glasgow, G4 9RR

Further Information

We want to ensure as many children, young people and adult learners as possible can access the performing and production arts education that is offered through Short Courses at RCS. Financial support options available for Short Courses include:

Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Short Courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

James McAvoy Drama Scholarships

BAFTA-winning and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy is committed to nurturing the creative potential of young Scots who experience barriers to access and participate in drama at RCS Short Courses.

James is a graduate of the BA Acting programme at RCS and Patron of the Junior Conservatoire of Drama. The Glasgow-born actor has funded the new James McAvoy Drama Scholarships to enable young people to experience the world-class drama training at RCS as he did.

The scholarship aims to support applicants who would otherwise find meeting the cost of tuition fees at RCS a barrier to accessing pre-Higher Education drama training at the Royal Conservatoire.

You can find more information about these funds on our Financial Support page.

We run various promotional offers for our Short Courses and Summer Schools. You can view our current offers on our Promotional Offers page.

You should contact us at to request your discount code before booking a course.

Please note, only one promotional offer can be applied per course and should be used at the time of booking as we are unable to apply a discounts retrospectively.

Please see our Short Course FAQs for more information about all aspects of choosing, booking and attending your course.

Please see our Short Courses – Terms and Conditions for more information about your contract with Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and Cancellation and Refund policies.

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