A Stratford-upon-Avon College Technical Theatre graduate has seen her career light up working as in-house technician at the prestigious London Palladium.
Lucie Watson graduated from the College’s Technical Theatre course in 2012, and has worked on shows including The King and I and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as well as performances by Rick Astley and Madonna.
Lucie facilitates all things technical for touring theatre companies performing at the Palladium, supervising sound, lighting and the installation and maintenance of sets. She also installs and operates the lights for the theatre’s annual summer production and Christmas panto.
Explaining what inspires her to work in such a fast-paced high-pressure industry, Lucie commented “The ever-changing world of technical theatre is fascinating – there’s always something new to learn from LED lighting to video equipment. There’s also a huge range of jobs available and there is always someone somewhere wanting to put on a show!”
Lucie caught the backstage bug when she was completing a BTEC first diploma in Acting while still at school, before specialising in Technical Theatre at the College.
After graduating from her course, Lucie continued her training at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff where she studied Stage Management and Technical Theatre.
Reflecting on her time at the College, Lucie is confident that her current career success is due to the training she received on the Technical Theatre programme. “I learnt everything about how to manage a show, and about its inner workings, from start to finish, as well as all the different roles required to make a production a success.”