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30 October 2009

Freelance theatre technicians, who have yet to take part in formal training, are invited to apply for a bursary set up in the name of former West End master carpenter, Nick van Wijk.

The scheme offers financial assistance to two trainees to fund study for the ABTT Bronze Certificated Award in technical theatre. Training for the award, which is organised by the ABTT in association with Theatre Techniques, will take place at the Eastwood Theatre in Essex during January 2010. 

Full details of the bursary are available here. The deadline for applications is Monday 21 December 2009. 

Nick van Wijk, a BECTU member for many years, was an active supporter of measures focussed on improving conditions for full-time and show staff. 

ABTT and Theatre Techniques issued the following statement:

"These bursaries are the kind gift of Heather, widow of Nick van Wijk. Nick spent nearly all of is working life in West End theatres covering all genres: opera, ballet, musicals, repertory and straight plays. His final position, which he much enjoyed, was as master carpenter at the Aldwych Theare in London from 1994-2003.

Nick always took pleasure in passing on his stage technical knowledge to the next generation as well as keeping everyone laughing at his theatrical stories."