National Apprentice Week: Spotlight On Anthony Forward, Our Current Community Arts Apprentice
Anthony Forward is the current Community Arts Apprentice here at the Belgrade Theatre. Having participated in theatre for many years, he was a natural fit for this role. The Belgrade Theatre is a big part of Anthony’s history in theatre, as he started out in our Youth Theatre from ages 12 to 18. Here we discuss what attracted him to his role and what his role entails.
Why did you want the post?
The reason why I wanted the post was because I wanted to be in position where I could financially support myself while studying, as I live independently. The main highlight of this was getting the professional work experience of working in the theatre industry, and getting a good idea of how it works in house, alongside a nationally recognised qualification to highlight that. (BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Community Arts)
Why did you think you would be suitable for the post?
As soon as I seen the post was up for grabs, I thought I’d be a fool to pass the opportunity. I have a massive interest in working with people of all ages in theatre, and I wanted the opportunity to help the participants of the theatre to grow creatively, internally and externally. As well as going on an artistic journey of self-discovery in my careers path. I was told as a child that I’d never gain strong stability within the sector of the entertainment, and now I’m sure that person who said that is retracting their statement.
What do you do on a daily/weekly basis?
The basis of my job role is to assist within our youth groups, outreach projects, production and also workshops. Getting the participants’ minds and bodies working actively in a creative space with the task on hand. I have participated in promotion and careers events showing the public, what the Belgrade has to offer. I also do a lot of general administration work dealing with work experience inquiries, registration data input, public phonecalls, as well as day-to-day jobs within the office.
What do you intend to do after you’ve completed time here at the Belgrade?
I’m considering going on to another job role of the same characteristics, or possibly enduring a HND (Higher National Diploma) in Performing Arts. I’ve also considered possible routes going to university to study Applied Theatre, which refers to the practice of theatre and drama in non-traditional settings or/and local communities. It encompasses theatre practices which tackle areas of social and cultural policy, such as public health, education, housing, social welfare, and juvenile and criminal justice, which is a very strong theme of the Community & Education department here at the Belgrade.
I am truly blessed to be working for an internationally recognised theatre of art and culture. The Belgrade’s selfless acts have touched my heart on many occasions from a teenager to an adult – theatre is so important to society as it helps us recognise the beauty of the in and outside world.