Kevin Neville, scenic engineer
Kevin Neville is a scenic engineer for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Previously, he trained in agricultural engineering and blacksmithing.
What job do you do?
I'm a senior scenic engineer for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
What qualifications do you have?
I did a four-year apprenticeship in agricultural engineering and blacksmithing.
I also have four CSEs (what would be called GCSEs these days).
What previous jobs in theatre have you done?
Before I moved into theatre, I did shop-fitting.
"Learn as much as you can about what you want to do."
I also worked with agricultural machines, recovery trucks, gates and railings, cars, buses, and trains.
Then I heard about the job in the theatre, and I just applied.
What’s the best thing about your job?
I enjoy making things with my hands.
No day is typical. I could be doing anything. The diversity of the work is great.
And the worst thing about the job?
There are no windows in my workshop!
How do I get into theatre?
Learn as much as you can about what you want to do.