Student masters the ABCs of Technical Theatre

Student masters the ABCs of Technical Theatre

An Ayrshire College HND Technical Theatre student has secured a job with one of Glasgow’s biggest music venues, the O2 ABC.

21-year-old James Gaffney from Alloway started on the NPA Technical Theatre course two years ago and believes his time at Ayrshire College has resulted in him landing this dream position.

The Technical Theatre course trains students in all aspects of technical production, including stage lighting, technical theatre sound, and stage management.

It was a lecturer at the College, in his previous role of Technical Manager at the Sauchiehall Street venue, who first invited James to work there on a freelance basis.

James impressed to the point where he is now their in-house technician working on major concerts and events.

He said “I was an amateur stage manager for six years before I came to the College and my entire family is totally theatrical, so it seemed like a logical step to apply for Technical Theatre.

“I was volunteering at the Gaiety Theatre when I was made aware of the course. At the time our lecturer was at the ABC and he asked if I wanted to freelance for a bit.

“That was two years ago and now I’m full-time staff member. This Technical Theatre course teaches you to be a jack of all trades. It’s helped me a lot.”

John Turner, lecturer at Ayrshire College, said of his student “James is an exemplary student. He’s a very good practitioner. I think we’ve helped him get to where he is a bit quicker than he perhaps ordinarily would have.”

Another promising student on the course is 18-year-old Lachlan Brown from Kilmarnock. He is the youngest student on the HND course but is “very attentive”, according to John.

Lachlan currently works with Centrestage in Kilmarnock, and he said “I learn things here that I take to my job, and vice versa.

“I did the NPA when I was at secondary school. I knew what I wanted to do from a very young age, and importantly had the motivation to do it. A lot of people say “I want to do this” but they don’t follow up on it. It’s always best to attempt something.”

30 March 2017

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