Danny Stewart, lighting and sound technician

 2 August 2012

Danny started out working front-of-house at a theatre. From there he got into the technical side of staging opera and live events.

"Have patience. Get to know who works where, and their names."


Originally Scunthorpe, now Manchester.

What job do you do?

I'm an assistant lighting and sound technician for Manchester City Council.

What previous jobs have you done?

My first ever job was working front-of-house for Manchester's Palace Theatre. I also worked backstage there. 

I've been a lighting and sound technician at the Library Theatre, also in Manchester.

I've also worked as a casual technician at the Royal Exchange Theatre and the Manchester Opera House

"Be reliable, or nobody will call you again."

What qualifications do you have?

I have a BTEC in engineering in theatre and an HND in lighting and sound for theatre. 

What do you do at work?

I rig and focus lights, plot the lighting board and operate it for the show.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Sitting back and looking at what I have produced. 

Also lie-ins – when I’m working on a show, I normally work evenings.

And the worst thing about the job?

Long hours. I've lost girlfriends over the evening work! It's not always great for my social life.

How do I get into music?

Have patience. Get to know who works where, and their names.

Most of all, be reliable. If you’re not, nobody will call you again. 

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