Ed Cooper, electrician

 2 August 2012

Ed Cooper, from London, is a stage electrician. Trained in stage management, he has worked on several West End musical theatre shows.

"The best thing about my job is making something work again."


I'm from Norwich, now living in London.

What job do you do?

I'm an electrician, mainly for stage musicals. 

What previous jobs have you done?

I did electrics for the musical Dirty Dancing at the Aldwych Theatre in London.

Before that, I was technical assistant stage manager on the musical Fame in the West End.

I've been a touring or in-house electrician for touring and West End productions of An Inspector Calls and Dancing In The Streets.  

I've also worked as a technician on Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Opera House.

"The best thing about my job is making something work again."

What qualifications do you have?

I have a degree in stage management from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

What do you do at work?

On a musical like Dirty Dancing, for example, I do general maintenance.

I manage the electrics rig, fix things if they are broken, and operate the electrics for shows. 

What’s the best thing about your job?

Making something work again.

And the worst thing about the job?

Watching it break!

How do I get into music?

Listen to those above you – they generally know best. Take risks, too – what’s the worst that can happen?

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