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These bursaries are the kind gift of Heather, widow of Nick van Wijk.  Nick spent nearly all his working life in West End Theatres covering all genres: Opera, Ballet, Musicals, Repertory and straight plays. His last job, which he found very fulfilling, was Master Carpenter of the Aldwych Theatre in London from 1994 – 2003. Nick always took great pleasure in passing on his stage technical knowledge to the next generation as well as keeping everyone laughing at his theatrical stories.

Applications are invited for the ABTT Bronze Award* Technical Training Bursary from freelance technicians who have not undertaken any recognised theatre technical course and can meet the following criteria:

  1. Over eighteen years of age.
  2. Resident within the United Kingdom.
  3. Currently working professionally back-stage as a freelancer or casual.
  4. Able to attend the course dates: Monday 8 – Friday 12 September 2014 held at The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, Eton Ave, London, NW3 3HY.
  5. Willing to complete the full award, which includes a multi-choice test.
  6. Prepared to meet all other expenses such as travel and accommodation.

Apply in writing giving your name, address and your date of birth together with, in no more than 200 words, reasons why you should be considered for this award.  You should be in a good state of health and any disabilities should be declared.

Please supply the name, address, telephone number and e-mail address of a theatre practitioner willing to give you a reference.

In 2014 there is one bursary available under the scheme, which is designed to support the professional development of practitioners in technical theatre. Each bursary is valued at £580 is intended to cover the cost of taking the ABTT Bronze Certificated Award*, associated qualification and certificate.

The award is made up of five elements. Each element takes one day:

  • Electrical Fundamentalsintroduction to stage electrics: first line maintenance
  • Knots & Splicingessential every technician has an understanding of knots and ropes
  • Fundamentals of Flyingformal training on how to handle and operate such equipment
  • Safe use of temporary access equipmentas used in theatre venues
  • Manual Handling & Introduction to Health & Safety at Work Actan essential element in all stage activities
  • Multi-choice question paper

The final decision rests with the ABTT Training and Education Committee.

Applications which you can download here NicholasvanWijk_bursary_2014 and complete should be received no later than Friday 15 August 2014 and should be addressed to:

Nicholas F van Wijk Bursary, ABTT, 55 Farringdon Road, London EC1M 3JB