WE CATCH UP WITH PREVIOUS WINNER GEORGIA WREN

Name:

Georgia Wren

Occupation:

Lighting Technician / Stage Management

Drama School & year:

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA)- 2019

How did you first get into live events?

Going to concerts on an evening with my parents, sitting in sound checks and just being interested in what was going on around me. The first ''rock'' concert I went to was when I was 6 years old and I have been hooked since then.

What did you do with the SLX bursary at your college/university?

With the SLX Bursary It allowed me to hire in equipment that wasn't stock items in the university. This allowed me to experiment with new parameters and different equipment otherwise not available to us. We then kept the fixtures for a week-long run of A Matter of Life and Death.

Did you do anything else with SLX?

Many opportunities were offered to me with SLX the Edinburgh Fringe being one of them.

How beneficial was the SLX bursary to furthering your future career?

Very beneficial. Not just for contacts and the experience and opportunities that came with the programme, but the opportunity to work with industry professionals and a kick start to your career.

What would be your advice for people applying to the lighting project now?

Every opportunity they offer, take it. Take time out to network with the other candidates, chances are you'll meet them again working. Enjoy yourself and savour the moment it will be over before you know it.

What is your next job?

Who knows at this point. I do have a few festivals pencilled into the diary depending on restrictions lifting. 

Have you picked up any new hobbies over the past year?

Too many.... I thought it would be a good idea to start a master's degree in the pandemic to pass the time. Swimming and long walks have been a saviour too.

What is the most important piece of equipment in your toolbox?

Quad spanner / dirty rigger wingnut multi tool. Gotta make sure those fixtures are secure!

What would be your dream production to work on?

This is a tough question to answer. Probably Les Misérables because it was the first ever show that I lit back in sixth form and was the show that converted me from wanting to pursue a career in sound. Hence why this production will always hold a sentimental place in my career.

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

I would have become a landlady.

Last show you saw?

Before the pandemic the last show I saw was Slipknot at Sheffield Arena, Since then I've  worked Download Stage 2 as part of an all-female stage crew. That was a lot of fun.

Favourite Designer?

Too many to choose but if I had to choose 1 rock and roll LD I'd say Ash Neal and theatrical LD Paule Constable.