Spotlight On... Sarah Edwards (Technical Crew Member)

Spotlight On... Sarah Edwards (Technical Crew Member)

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Technical Crew Member Sarah Edwards talks to young reporter Grace Wakes about her career so far, backstage mishaps and her inspirtations within the industry.

Tell me about your role at the Darlington Civic Theatre

My role at the Civic is quite varied in nature! I am involved with the technical team where I support the production of the piece, sometimes this can be working within sound or lighting behind the scenes.  But I can also be helping out with backstage reception where I will help book accommodation for the touring companies. Furthermore, I have Front of House duties such as ensuring that the marketing materials are in place around the theatre, contacting local press to generate a buzz about a show and welcoming the audience so they have an enjoyable experience.

What work experience and education background did you need to achieve this role?

I didn't intentionally plan to work within the theatre, when I was younger I had my heart set on being a chemistry teacher but an open day at Newcastle College soon changed my mind. I went on to complete a BTEC in Technical Theatre here and later moved on to complete my degree in Stage Management at the Rose Bruford College in London. I believe if you want to work within this industry, you need to have determination and some luck along the way.

What's the best piece of advice you've been given about working in the arts scene?

The best piece of advice I've received is from my time at Rose Bruford College, where I was advised to always recognise the opportunities around you, that everyone you meet could be a potential work contact.

Within the arts scene, who has been your biggest influence and why?

Although there has been many people who I've worked with and who have had masses of influence on me and my career, there are two people who I can pinpoint for very different reasons. The first being the stage manager, Jonathan Oliver who I've toured with. I was struck by his work ethic and have always inspired to work just like him. For very different reasons, I am inspired by Dawn French who knows how to really look after a touring company, she made it feel like we were all part of the same family whilst on the road.

Have you ever had any funny moments while being behind the scenes at the theatre?

Absolutely! There are far too many moments to mention! There is always time for larks, especially when doing a really fun show such as a musical. I think humour really helps to build that relationship of a 'family' within the touring company, if someone is having a bad day, the rest of the cast are always on hand to play the jester to cheer you up!

Finally, sum up in one sentence why you like working at the Darlington Civic?

This theatre is such as a special place to work, it feels like a big family and everyone is so welcoming, plus it's an amazing building and I feel lucky to work in such beautiful surroundings. 

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