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This au­tumn, the Mer­cury Theatre wel­comed Woody Why­mark as its in­au­gu­ral Her­vey Ben­ham Tech­ni­cal Theatre Ap­pren­tice. Woody is the first of three ap­pren­tices that will spend one year work­ing with the Mer­cury Theatre’s Tech­ni­cal Depart­ment, train­ing with them to­wards a ca­reer in the in­dus­try.

The ap­pren­tice­ship is sup­ported by the Her­vey Ben­ham Char­i­ta­ble Trust. Her­vey Ben­ham founded the Civic So­ci­ety in Colchester in 1964 and was in­stru­men­tal in the found­ing of the cur­rent Mer­cury Theatre build­ing along­side the Reper­tory Com­pany and Colchester Bor­ough Coun­cil.

‘We’re thrilled to be work­ing with the Her­vey Ben­ham Trust to sup­port op­por­tu­ni­ties for learn­ing,’ said Ben Willis, Mer­cury Theatre tech­ni­cal man­ager. ‘Woody is a wor­thy ben­e­fi­ciary of this first award.’

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