About Theatre Technology at Guildhall School

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In the Theatre Technology Pathway you will learn about Lighting, Sound, Projection and Stage Technology. In each year you will develop your skills across all four areas, and by the final year you will take leading roles in productions to a completely professional standard.

“Electrics at Guildhall is very impressive as the amount and quality of equipment is amazing. I’ve just been on The Sound of Music UK tour as number 3 LX. Guildhall helped me both in my personal qualities (managment, time keeping) and also my technical knowledge.” Nick Woolley, Technical Theatre 2009

What you will study


Year One

Along with all other students in the programme, the Theatre Technology students take classes in a broad range of core subjects. These include: Theatre History, Period Style, Contemporary Theatre, Health & Safety and Stagecraft & Production Process.  Classes are usually project based and wherever possible have a hands-on, practical approach. For example when studying trends in contemporary theatre we’ll take you to see some shows, and when we’re looking at period styles we’ll take you to galleries and museums to look at examples.

In this year you will also take a core module called Associated Studies, which allows you to take three short courses in other areas of technical theatre such as Prop Making, Stage Management, Scenic Construction, Video, Costume Supervision, Scenic Art etc.

Besides the core subjects you’ll be spending a lot of time in classes and working on projects to develop your knowledge of rigging, electrics, flying and stage automation as well as lighting, sound and video design. These classes and exercises give a preparation for the responsibilities to come; throughout the year you’ll be helping to rig lights for Guildhall productions and in your third term you will begin to work alongside second and third year students on public performances.

Year Two
Your second year is entirely practical. You will spend the bulk of your time operating the lights, sound, projection, flying system and effects for the School’s drama and opera productions. You will also spend half a term working in one of the areas you studied in Year One Associated Studies.

Year Three
Third Year students spend two terms in leading production roles. You will be given the opportunity to design Lighting, Sound or Video or act as Production Electrician, Sound Number One, Technical Stage Manager or Production Manager. You will lead teams of second year students and take responsibility for productions from the earliest design through to the final performance.

You will also undertake a six-week work placement and complete a Graduation Project.

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