Setting the Scene

We are excited to share that we have launched an exciting new partnership with Harrogate Theatre designed to share our knowledge and skills set with each other, to help our  teams develop both professionally and personally through a series of fun and creative workshops.


Kate Robey, Head of Learning and Development at Rudding Park explains “Many of our team are GenZ and it may be their first job so they can be a little shy or lack confidence. As a responsible employer we want to support our team and give them the tools to develop and grow, both professionally and personally. However we like to do things differently at Rudding Park!”

Nicola Cook, Head of Marketing at Rudding Park explains “It occurred to me there is a real synergy between hospitality and theatre. In hospitality, we talk about ‘front of house’, where we are effectively on stage ‘performing’ for guests, although a stage is not necessarily our natural environment. Meanwhile, actors offer a wide range of excellent communication skills which are vital in the hospitality industry, so it makes complete sense to work together and support each other in any way we can.”

The team at Harrogate Theatre are perfectly placed to help boost the confidence of our team with tips and tricks to enhance performance skills, whilst we are able to support members of Harrogate Youth Theatre providing insight into the world of hospitality and potential job opportunities. We are really excited about this initiative and delighted to support the Theatre, a charitable organisation which plays a key part in the local community, attracting guests to the Harrogate District. Whilst it’s early days, we have ambitious goals and would love to see hospitality venues across the UK embrace this initiative.”

Hannah Draper, Director of Creative Engagement at Harrogate Theatre commented; “we are passionate about performing and supporting local businesses and were thrilled when Rudding Park approached us to see if we could deliver a series of engaging workshops around building confidence. The insight and opportunities Rudding Park are able to offer our Youth Theatre is going to be invaluable. We are very excited about this partnership and are already talking about lots of other ideas to work on together for 2023.”

Story published 24 January 2023

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