Cairn Stewart

Experience is invaluable, go out there and do as much as you physically can.


Acting and Performance Student


Acting, Technical Theatre


Queen Margaret University

Why did you choose to study Drama and Performance?

Ever since I was a kid I have always had a strong attachment to the arts and the entertainment industry. To me it simply seemed a natural progression from school, as I have done drama since I was in primary school.

What made you want to study at your university?

For me, the important thing about my choice was location, Queen Margaret University is well situated as Edinburgh has so many opportunities to offer in the arts, especially during the Fringe, and I wanted to be a part of it.

Tell us your favourite thing about your course.

I was attracted to the course as it offered a range of disciplines within the arts, any many study options ranging from (amongst others) directing, writing, sceneography or production skills. This was important to me because when I applied (at 17 years old) I knew that I had a strong interest in the industry but I didn’t have a clue what exactly I wanted to do with my life or what career I could see myself in. The course offers a taster of almost every discipline. I;m lucky that I’ve had this experience because now I’ve chosen Technical Theatre as my specialism.


I would say I am most inspired by ingenuity and innovation. I enjoy walking away from a performance in wonder of how teams of people put a show together, especially the technical side.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given that’s helped your studies?

Experience is invaluable, go out there and do as much as you physically can. Don’t sit back in an unrelated part time job just for the money, as when it comes to graduation those who have the most relevant experience will more than likely be the first ones in employment. And when you are out getting experience, “treat everyday as if it were an interview, you never know who might be watching, and what contacts they might have.” – A Scottish theatre Production Manager.

What are you planning to do after you’ve finished the course?

I plan to get employment as either a venue or freelance theatre technician.

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