James Gaffney

I like the variety of working across both the events and theatre industries, I don’t want to stick to just one and I like to challenge myself with different roles.

Course

HND Technical Theatre

Subjects

Technical Theatre

institutions

Ayrshire College



James Gaffney is one of four SDTN Network students to be selected by the British Council to take part in the Rio Olympics Backstage to the Future project. Find out what he had to say about his upcoming journey:

 

Have you had any previous work experience like this before?

I’ve been volunteering at the Ayr Gayitey for three years where I would do lights, sound and pyrotechnics which is great but I’ve never worked on a large scale production like this before.

 

What are you looking forward to most about the project?

Mostly working in a bigger professional environment and getting out of my comfort zone. This will be a much bigger scale of production than what we have done in college.

 

What are you hoping to gain from the project? What would you like to specialise in?

I’m hoping to gain a bit more experience around lights and special effects, and experience that live gig environment.

 

What are your career ambitions? How does this fit in with your career goals?

I like the variety of working across both the events and theatre industries, I don’t want to stick to just one and I like to challenge myself with different roles. This opportunity will help me to learn more and become the best technician I can be.

 

What does this opportunity mean to you?

This project has completely skipped my five year plan! When I speak to my peers they are all working on small scale productions, to be able to work on something that is on a larger scale is a great jumping off point for me.

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