Graduate Internships with Factory International

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Graduates accepted onto internships at the new cultural space for Manchester and the world.

Costume Design and Technical Theatre graduates were successful in their applications to Factory International, working on the Danny Boyle-directed 'Free Your Mind'. 

In September 2023, graduates from our Costume Design and Technical Theatre were successful in their applications for Graduate Internships with Factory International.

Working on Factory International’s debut multi-discipline performance ‘Free Your Mind’, students worked across costume, lighting and set design ahead of the premier performance at the new Aviva Studios.

The show was directed by Danny Boyle with a host of other internationally successful creatives. The full creative team can be viewed here

Abigail (2023 Graduate from BA (Hons) Technical Theatre) describes her work experience with Free Your Mind as “crazy but amazing”. Here’s what she has to say:

“My work experience with Free Your Mind was crazy but amazing! I worked alongside Lucy Carter, the Lighting Designer, and her team, to design all the lighting for the event’s spaces (Hall, warehouse and foyers) for the Free Your Mind dance show. It was daunting at first as I was working with some big names in the industry such as Danny Boyle and the Boy Blue Dance company, but it was a fantastic learning experience.

It was great to work as part of a team who all pulled together and I was never on my own. It was fascinating to see the event evolve from organising the spaces to finally seeing the show in action. Seeing how the lighting, sound and visuals all come together, it kind of blows your mind a bit. I would recommend getting involved with Free Your Mind and undertaking work experience as it can help you to get your foot in the door. They have since offered me paid work as a Followspot Operator!”

Harry Hosker, Employability Advisor in the School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology said this about the opportunities: 

"Graduate Internships offer early career creatives a chance to put their skills and experience into practice and can be fundamental steps for students to enter creative careers upon graduation. Offering creative opportunities like this to students allows them to understand the work that goes into large scale productions and boosts their employability for the future, having supported and gained skills from industry professionals on productions on an international scale.

Our partnership with Factory International continues to help students and graduates in a range of exciting ways, offering the chance to put their knowledge into context with discounted performances, behind-the-scenes production talks and access to an exciting line up of creative content and spaces in Manchester."