Senior Pyro-technician and Maker
I’ve been at Walk the Plank since 1999 as a freelancer, but more formally since 2010. I used to be a set builder, as I’m a joiner by trade, but ended up working in theatre and then fireworks here at Walk the Plank.
Walk the Plank and me
I didn’t actually find the company – they found me. One of our trustees introduced me to Liz & John at a party in a farmhouse in Lancaster, and since then I’ve really got under the skin of the company by working on loads of different projects in loads of different places.
I think what makes Walk the Plank different from other organisations is that we’re not just one of the biggest players in outdoor arts but have a real focus on the community engagement side of things. Everyone who works here is really lovely – there is a genuine sense of family.
Large builds to rigging fireworks
My job is really varied so one day I can be helping build stuff for parades and shows in our production workshops, and the next day I can be helping rig a big firework show.
Before Walk the Plank I worked at The Dukes Theatre in Lancaster as a set builder on their promenade shows, and I also had the opportunity to work on a fantastic piece for the sculptor Anthony Gormley in Margate entitled ‘Waste Man’. I also worked on creating the structure and pyrotechnics for a community piece in a film called ‘The Exodus’.
What do I get up to outside work?
When I’m not building things for our shows or rigging firework displays, I love messing with motorbikes, spending time with my boys, and visiting my brother in Italy. What you may not know about me is that I’ve flown an aeroplane.