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Lighting Technician

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Theatre Lighting Technician
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€18 - 37
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Entrant: 18 - 25
Experienced: 25 - 37
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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Sets up, rigs and controls lighting equipment for shows and events on stage, film or television.


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Theatre lighting technicians are responsible for preparing, wiring, operating and maintaining theatre lighting systems and electrical effects. Although they are sometimes known as theatre or stage electricians, they do not have to be qualified electricians.  
 
Theatre lighting technicians work closely with lighting designers. Lighting designers decide where the lights (also referred to as lamps or lanterns) are to be placed, and plot their position on a lighting plan. Using this plan, the technicians fit the lights, place coloured filters or gobos in front of the lights and focus them.  
 
During rehearsals, theatre lighting technicians help lighting designers create special lighting effects and write down lighting cues. Once productions are underway, they check that the lights are working properly and are correctly maintained. They may also help to operate lights.


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You will need to be highly motivated and have good communication skills. You should also enjoy working within a team, although there may be periods when you will have to work alone and use your own initiative. A good knowledge of health and safety regulations is very important.  
 
The work can be physically demanding as it involves climbing ladders, working at heights and carrying heavy equipment.


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Organisation: Abbey Theatre
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