Technical theatre

Technical theatre

“Technical theatre focuses on assisting with the lighting, sound or stage requirements of a production”

Technical theatre plays a vital role in creating the right ambiance for audiences to enjoy theatrical performances. There are three pathways in technical theatre to choose from: lighting, sound and stage. As an intermediate apprentice on the lighting pathway, you’ll train as an assistant electrician, board/console operator, followspot operator or maintenance technician. On the sound pathway, you’ll train as an assistant sound technician. Those taking the stage pathway will train as stage technicians or flymen. Advanced apprentices on the lighting pathway will train as senior electricians, lighting technicians or maintenance supervisors/managers. On the sound pathway, you’ll train as a senior sound technician, while if you opt for the stage pathway, you’ll train as a senior stage technician or head flyman. You’ll need to show a keen interest in working in backstage roles. You’ll also understand the importance of working in teams, be willing to work shifts, and be prepared to work at heights and in cramped conditions.

Duration: 15 to 18 months

Relevant school subjects: Drama, DT and ICT

Entry requirements: Prior experience or qualifications in any of the creative industries or technical support roles, supported by a portfolio of evidence

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C; Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels at grades A to E

Potential salary upon completion: £21,000 per annum

More information: www.afo.sscalliance.org/frameworks-library/index.cfm?id=FR03447

Apply: www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk/vacancies