Technical Theatre Apprenticeship

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Theatre Royal Plymouth

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The Role

Working with the Lighting, Sound and Stage Departments (all part of the Technical Department), you will learn about and understand the role of a Technician within the Performing Arts industry whilst getting hands on experience.  You will learn the practical skills necessary to work as a Technician in a theatrical environment, and have the opportunity to work with top industry professionals in all of the Theatre Royal Plymouth’s performance spaces.

The apprenticeship will be split between the Theatre Royal Plymouth and the City College Plymouth

  • You will study for the Apprenticeship standard – Live Events Technician
  • You will be supported by the College to collect work for a portfolio, which will go towards completing the course
  • You will work in all areas where the Technical Department work, supervised and supported by members of the Technical Department.
  • You will collect evidence of the work you do and make a portfolio showing how you have used your skills in the workplace.
  • You will be supported in this process by the College and by mentors from the Theatre Royal.

Here is an overview of what you would be doing:

  • You will spend time with the Lighting, Sound and Stage Departments, which are all part of the Technical Department and learn how all of these departments contribute to a production.
  • You will learn how productions grow from a design idea to opening night.
  • You will learn how to work in a safe and professional manner and how to contribute to a team process.
  • Under supervision you will help onstage during shows, which could involve moving set, helping to attach radio mics to actors, or unplugging and moving lighting equipment.
  • You will learn how to clean, maintain and use a range of theatre lighting, sound and video equipment, including radio mics, moving lights and projectors.
  • You will be involved in PAT testing (Portable Appliance Testing) all our technical equipment, and will learn how best to clean and store it.
  • You will learn how to set up technical systems such as sound PA’s, video projectors and lighting rigs.
  • You will learn how to safely use theatrical flying, lifting and rigging systems, which suspend scenery
  • Successful candidates must be able to work to the high standard expected by incoming professional companies.


All training to be provided by City College Plymouth in collaboration with the company themselves throughout the duration of the apprenticeship.

Qualities and skills:

  • Be able to work to very high standards under pressures of live theatre
  • Good organisational skills
  • A keen interest in live arts and entertainment
  • An understanding of the importance of current health and safety guidelines
  • Experience of technical theatre a benefit
  • Ability to work flexibly including in the evenings and at weekends
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues
  • Maintain a professional attitude at all times
  • Be able to work alongside other employees and touring technical staff
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Be able to adapt quickly to changes in live performance
  • Possess a positive and proactive approach to work
  • Be able to work closely with other  employees


Possible career progression

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Benefits: 28 days holiday per year (pro rata), great ticket offers and discounts with many local businesses