WE CHAT WITH EMPLOYEE NUMBER 1 PAUL "BOMBER" ARMSTRONG

Name:

Paul Armstrong (Bomber)

Occupation:

Live Event Technician / O License Holder

Drama school:

Trainee Electrician Northcott Theatre Exeter 1977 to 1979

 

How did you first get into live events?

It all started from the age of 12 onwards helping with the lighting at school, church youth group and mobile discos.

 

How long have you been working at SLX?

SLX employment since Oct 1979 to date – Proud to be employee number 1.

 

Give a brief description of your role in the company?

My primary role is transport management and event logistics but I also get to work as a theatre & TV lighting tech too.

 

Why do you think The Lighting Program is important?

I think it offers a great opportunity for personal development within our industry.

 

If you could give the students one piece of advice, what would it be?

Never be too important to sweep the floor or make the tea.

 

What is the most important thing in your toolbox?

My snap on ratchets and spanners.

 

If you hadn’t chosen to go into live events, what would you have done?

I was always drawn to events but did also consider the family furniture business.

 

Outside of work, what is your favorite hobby/pastime/thing to do?

Outside of SLX I spend time on my motorcycles, canalboat, Volkswagen camper and  walking the dog.

 

What would be your dream production to work on?

Dream production is working on the illuminated trains project which I have been able to do at SLX for the last few years. Trains, Lights and Trucks, doesn’t get any better!

 

What has been your proudest moment?

Taking Maurice Marshal and the team to Buckingham Palace for Maurice to receive his MBE. Such a good day.

 

Hairiest show stopping moment?

Many moons ago in my theatre days my heart stopping moment was when a Patt793 Followspot nearly fell from the FOH Lighting Slot....

I managed to stop it by grabbing its mains tail, until help arrived..Phew.