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Hot off the press..METAL Arts

Breaking News Agency for Creative Production METAL are working in partnership with the Agency for Creative Production (ACP), to run 10 x paid placements for

Film Festival

Southend Film Festival 2022

An evening with Phil Davis To mark the actor Phil Davis’s 50th year in film and television, The White Bus’ Southend Film Festival 2022 will


Essex Book Festival Saturday 11th June 2022

High House Production Park, Purfleet-on-Thames, Essex Essex Book Festival will be taking place in 35 venues across Essex throughout June. Our venues include a Napoleonic


We wish you well, Colin….

UCSE Higher Education Dean takes up a new challenge, and we will be sad to see him go. The Backstage Centre looks at Higher Education


Southend Film Festival 2022

There Is Always Hope’, starring Colm Meaney, kicks off another superb Southend Film Festival this year.  Successful author Jonathan Stack has been so obsessed with


Stage Pyrotechnics Safety Awareness Training

The Backstage Centre are delighted to be hosting Just FX’s “Stage Pyrotechnics Safety Awareness Training” The typical schedule of the course includes: Workshop presentation environment


A focus on festival skills shortages

A Call Out to you A focus on festival skills shortages Bring on the summer! (…it may not feel particularly summery right now), many of

We are hiring…

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the team of The Backstage Centre as Client Liaison & Sales Coordinator. We are looking for a strong



ESSEX FILM COLLECTIVE is a network of talented, reliable creatives who work across all areas of the film and television industry that are based in


Horror-on-Sea Film Festival 2022

The Backstage Centre Ltd are delighted to be supporting the 2022 Horror-on-Sea Film Festival. Paul said: “Since we started Horror-on-Sea ten years ago, the festival


Metal are recruiting…

Director of the Academy for Live Events Production. Metal are recruiting a Director to lead the Academy for Live Events Production – a fantastic opportunity for a


New Director at Metal, Southend

Andrea Cunningham steps up as the new Director of Metal in Southend – the artsorganisation based at Chalkwell Hall in Chalkwell Park. Metal supports artists


Calling Technical Training Providers!

The Backstage Centre is a world-class, purpose-built, production, rehearsal & training facility. Situated in Purfleet-on-Thames’s High House Production Park.  It is just 11 miles east

Industry Voices

The Arts and Culture Network…

The Backstage Centre introducing…. The Arts and Culture Network Founder of the Arts & Culture Network, a Brand Strategist at Chufd, a Marketing & Business



The National College Creative Industries Ltd, at home in The Backstage Centre Purfleet, offers specialist technical production and creative industry courses through its partner, South


Southend Film Festival 2021

Southend Film Festival 2021 The Backstage Centre Ltd are delighted to be supporting the 2021 Southend-on-Sea Film Festival. This exciting annual event attracts visitors from



Hello, lovely to see you here, thank you for wanting to find out more about us. Amplify profiles children and young people’s voice in creative


ABTT Virtual Ideas Platform 2021

What does the Association of British Theatre Technicians and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama have in common with the United States Institute of

Rubbish Costume competition 2021

Rubbish Costume competition 2021 What is the Rubbish Costume competition? University Centre South Essex is relaunching its ‘Rubbish Costume Competition’ again in June 2021.  The success



Supporting innovation, creativity and partnershipin the UK Theatre Industry. The ABTT Virtual Ideas Platform is open to anyone and everyone with an idea. It has


Tilbury Bridge Walkway of Memories

Tilbury Bridge Walkway of Memories /Opens from WINDRUSH DAY 22 June 2021 ‘As I stand at this bridge and gateway, I feel the spirits of


National Cupcake Day

We celebrated National Cupcake Day on the 13th of June in style with some beautiful cupcakes from our very own SoundBite catering. Now SoundBite are


Estuary 2021

This weekend see the launch of the Estuary 2021 Festival.


50% cut to Arts at Higher Education institutions

Education secretary Gavin Williamson has angered and outraged creative sector leaders, artists and educators, who are urging the UK government to reconsider plans to cut subsidy funding for Arts courses by 50% across higher education institutions in England.

Is this a time to make such savings? Why do the Arts matter so much?


Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental health is so important but did you know that the food you eat can have are strong impact on how you feel and relate


Photo Shoot on the Park

The Backstage Centre SoundBite Cafe work with BA(Hons) Photography students on a live brief commission. London trained, Andrew Dee is a photographer working both on


Essex Theatres

In a series of articles about the venues we like to visit for our entertainment, we reveal some of the finest Theatres in Essex.


High House Production Park

High House Production Park, located in Purfleet-On-Thames, is a cultural industries business zone featuring historic buildings, a public park and playground.  It is also where


Chocolatey Easter Bars

SoundBite are sharing their favourite Easter treat, ideal to enjoy this Bank Holiday Weekend! Ingredients For 16 pieces 115g Unsalted Butter 1 Egg 1 tsp


Pepper’s Ghost Illusion

In 1862, English scientist John Pepper, developed the now popular concept known as the ‘Pepper’s Ghost Illusion’. There was a fascination at the time in



Essex Cultural Diversity Project has teamed up with Brentwood Borough Council to create a new opportunity for artists.

The Big Interview

Ali Pretty, founder and artistic director of Kinetika

Ali Pretty is best known as the founding member and artistic director of the international outdoor arts company – Kinetika, which she founded in 1997 after a long-established career in carnival arts and a growing commitment to community engagement work. Ali tells us about her work with Kinetika at High House Production Park studios, her life’s work and how this all started.


Logo Design Competition

Design challenge detail Do you have an artistic, graphic design flair? If so, we would love to receive logo design ideas for our new C.A.T.S


Dracula – The Legend of Purfleet!

With the Centenary of publication of Bram Stokers “Dracula” in May 1897, Jonathan Catton who used to work for Thurrock Borough Council’s Thurrock Museum, based in Grays, investigates the connection.

Industry Voices

Fiat Lux

Founder and front man for 80’s new wave and synthpop band Fiat Lux, Steve Wright, spoke with The Backstage Centre about his music, and career.


Students Go Live

We hear from our students and their course leader about what this year has looked like for them.

Local Beach Scene

Are you local?

Upcoming opportunities for Community Artists and Community Arts Touchstone Scheme (C.A.T.S) Logo Design Challenge The Backstage Centre’s Community Arts Touchstone Scheme is looking for South

Industry Voices

Wanted – Industry Guests

Are you experienced? We want to hear your story about the world you work in, and how effectively you can build a successful career? The

Ali Pretty
Artist in Residence

Artists in Residence at HHPP

High House Production Park is not only home to the Backstage Centre, but also for a number of leading British artists and arts organisations providing

James Eade

James Eade Training at The Backstage Centre

From January 2021, The Backstage Centre and James Eade Training are proud to offer the NCCI Ltd approved JET2377 ISITEE, the replacement C&G assured course

Little Mix
The Big Interview

Little Mix The Search – BBC One

The Backstage Centre in Purfleet-on-Thames provided a warm home in February this year to the new BBC One series, ‘Little Mix The Search.’ Leigh-Anne, Perrie, Jesy and Jade tell us about the auditions and their hopes for the series.

The Backstage Centre, High House Production Park, Vellacott Close Off London Road, Purfleet-on-Thames, Essex RM19 1RJ

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