I first really got involved backstage in the year before starting GCSEs (when I was 14 for the non-English out there). The school I went to had a big production every year (in the first term) this was performed by people from the last years of GCSEs and A-Levels (16/18) and several smaller plays; first year of A-Levels and first year of GCSEs. Though 'back-stagers' would always come from every year - most people think it's no fun! There was also an after school activity on Tuesday afternoons for set/prop making.
In my first year I did the activity and was backstage in every play (cans (intercom) for the biggy (Cabaret that year) and stage hand for the others, I sadly forget what they were.
Having enjoyed this and done some acting previously I decided to take a GCSE in drama. I never was, and still aren't, any good at improvisation so I had the chance to do stage management instead. I stage managed the biggy that year (Into The Woods) and was 'looked after' by the head of drama (an ex-pro. stage manager himself). To say there weren't any problems would be a lie, but I loved it and any show needing a stage manager after that was stage-managed by me.
That year I was asked to do the lighting for the Talent Show, my first time doing lighting, needless to say it was rubbish. But the following year, having done a post-mortem of the show, it was some what better.
In the first year of my A-Levels the A-Level theatre studies people were doing a scaled down version of The Scottish Play (Macbeth), for which I was on Sound, Stage Management and Lighting - some of those set's of ques were fun! Sadly I was not able to do A-Level Theater Studies as it clashed with Physics which I some what needed to do, I am doing a degree in engineering after all.
The last play I stage managed at school was Children Of Eden, not a bad musical and it was fun to do. Yes we had quite a few problems but the audience didn't notice any of them - including when a piece of the set nearly collapsed and needed securing. Now at university I am about to start on my next play with one of the societies here.
I then started at uni and joined Centre Stage. I have done the lighting for a performance of The Crucible (The first play to be performed in a Scottish Cathedral (or church), and stage managed a performance of A Midsummer Nights Dream. Following which I stage managed a production of End Game for the Samual Beckett society.
Following my time at uni I deceided to return and train as a teacher (Physics) and took on the task of designing the lighting for Grease at one of the schools I had a placement in.
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|Mar 2008||School Talent Show||Responsible Teacher||Hazlehead Academy|
|Nov 2007||Tommy||Sound||Hazlehead Academy||Channel 5|
|Jun 2007||Grease||Lighting Design, Follow spot operator & ASM||Beach Ballroom (Aberdeen)||Oldmachar Academy|
|May 2002||End Game||SM(from the dress) & Stage Consultant||Aberdeen Arts Centre||AU Samuel Beckett Society|
|May 2001||A Midsummer Night's Dream||SM & FOH||Aberdeen University||AU Centre Stage|
|Mar 2001||The Crucible||Lighting||St. Machar Cathedral (Old Aberdeen)||AU Centre Stage|
|Dec 1998||School Talent Show||TM||The Under||Ardingly College|
|Nov 1998||Children of Eden||SM||The Under||Ardingly College|
|?||The Visit||SM||The Under||Ardingly College|
|?||Macbeth (Reduced)||Lighting & Sound||The Under||Ardingly College|
|Dec 1997||School Talent Show||Lighting||The Under||Ardingly College|
|Nov 1997||Camino Real||SM||The Under||Ardingly College|
|?||The Tempest (?)||SM||The Under||Ardingly College|
|Dec 1996||School Talent Show||Lighting||The Under||Ardingly College|
|Nov 1996||Into The Woods||SM (1st Time)||The Under||Ardingly College|
|Nov 1995||Cabaret||Stage Crew||The Under||Ardingly College|
|?||Taming of the Russian Bear||Lighting Operator||The Barn||Great Walstead School|