Kevin Neville, scenic engineer

 19 October 2012

Kevin Neville is a scenic engineer for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Previously, he trained in agricultural engineering and blacksmithing.

"Learn as much as you can about what you want to do."

Hometown?

Warwickshire.

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.


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