Production, Theatre & Events programmes at Kendal College enable students to enter the ‘live events industry’ which presents fantastic and numerous employment opportunities; the chance to travel the World; to be at the forefront of a creative Industry responsible for iconic events such as the opening of the London Olympic Games, Glastonbury and West End Shows and to support the many local organisations that need the specific skills set of a Production specialist.
Our Production, Theatre & Events department has an outstanding record of students progressing to leading training organisations from LIPA, Royal Central, LAMDA, Guildhall, for example.
Many students have also directly entered the workforce to paid employment locally at The Brewery Arts Centre; The Old Laundry Theatre; Kendal Town Hall and Leisure Centre, The Platform (Morecambe), The Grand and The Dukes in Lancaster, Kendal Calling Festival, Kendal Mountain Festival, The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, and Internationally for Autograph who supply PA systems in London’s West End theatres; Disney, Adlib Sound and Lighting (Liverpool); and touring with Ellie Goulding, Jack Whitehall and Ed Sheeran as a small sample!
This course is designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge & experience they need to develop successful and long lasting careers in events, theatre, and live music. Students are given a grounding in the four core disciplines: stage management, scenic construction, lighting & sound through classes in production management, lighting (including design), rigging, sound (studio and live), set design, scenic construction & health & safety.
Practical experience is at the forefront of the training with students supporting all the internal performance events from Scare at Halloween to full scale Musicals, theatre productions and music events.
I am a really practical person and didn’t want to study Dance and Drama sitting down in classrooms. I love the bond you get with your class mates; you are always working together with lots of different people, it’s just so niceEvie Frost, Performing Arts Level 3
At secondary school I had a passion for acting and did a lot of shows and loved GCSE drama. I was looking for a place that specialised in acting and KC does that - it offers a wide range of experiences and opportunities inside and outside CollegeGreg O’Flynn, Performing Arts Level 3
The many years of relationships built up by the Theatre Arts tutors result in students getting involved in a wide range of external professional events such as the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, Kendal Mountain Festival and partnering with venues and organisations like The Brewery Arts Centre and The Old Laundry Theatre.
Production, Theatre & Events utilise dedicated performance spaces, The Box and the new Wildman Street Studios – both of which boast top of the range technical facilities and industry standard equipment specially designed to host theatre and events. Our passionate industry trained tutors have a wealth of professional experience and strong industry links.
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Meet your tutor
Hilary Pezet, Head of Acting
I am fascinated by training young actors to find new ways to play characters and to access the truth of a role. Helping students apply the theory to their training is what makes a performance come alive and it’s always satisfying to see theoretical work applied in practice. The students inspire me to teach.
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Alistair Nicholson, Production, Theatre & Events Tutor
Having studied at Kendal College myself, I understand the importance of gaining the wealth of knowledge and experience to prepare you for working in the industry or university. Kendal College played a part in developing my skills ready me for university and working in the industry. After university, I decided to take the fantastic opportunity to work in London. I freelanced as a Lighting and Theatre Technician at the following venues & companies: Sadler’s Wells, Royal Court London, The Place, Royal Opera House. My responsibilities varied from rigging, focusing and programming lights, operating lighting and sound for various performances, maintaining equipment and managing casual staff. After working in London for 18 months, I moved back to the North West and worked at; Royal Exchange Manchester, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and Lite Alternative. Before joining Kendal College, I was working full time at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.
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Campus: Arts & Media Campus (AMC)
This 1 year course introduces you to all aspects of production for live performance and provides opportunities for progression to study at a higher level. The course covers aspects of lighting, sound and set construction through providing all technical and production support for professional events, including the annual college musical at the Brewery, music gigs at Bootleggers and a number of local festivals e.g. Comic Arts Festival, Kendal Mountain Festival and Moonfest. Students gain additional experience through a work placement at the Brewery Arts Centre. This is a very practical and hands on course, using a range of the latest technology and equipment. You will work in a state-of-the-art theatre (The Box), which has industry standard facilities.
Campus: Arts & Media Campus (AMC)
The course covers the technical aspects of production and the management of live performance, including set design, stage management and sound & light engineering. Students provide technical and production support for professional events, including the annual college musical at the Brewery, music gigs at Bootleggers and a number of local festivals e.g. Comic Arts Festival, Kendal Mountain Festival and Moonfest. Students gain additional experience through a work placement at the Brewery Arts Centre. This course is excellent for those who wish to work in the entertainment industry but do not want to perform. You will develop strong teamwork skills as you work with students from this course and other subjects.