Recently we were able to donate our older followspots to Thomas Lord Audley school, as part of our ongoing commitment to supporting the community with a variety of projects.
The two followspots have been at the Mercury for many years and have been seen on all musicals, stand up performances, and pantomimes in that time. Although they’ve been retired from the Mercury they are still in good condition and will now allow the school to benefit from them for their performances too.
Mercury Theatre technician Katy Cirne worked at Thomas Lord Audley before joining the us full time in 2017, and when the opportunity arose to donate the equipment to a good cause, Katy took the chance to support the school once again.
Katy said: “The Thomas Lord Audley School is where I first found my love for technical theatre as a student, when I left after my GCSEs I started training to be a technician and was able to come back whilst doing my degree, as their Music Technician. For two and a half years, TLA allowed me to use their shows and their main and drama spaces to expand on my studies and make me into the technician I am today. It felt only right to give back however I could.”
Tracey Curd, Head of Music at Thomas Lord Audley said: “Thank you so much to the Mercury Theatre for donating the follow spot lights. We are excited to be able to use these in our future school shows and productions. We are also pleased as it will give our students the chance to learn to use professional equipment that will help prepare them if they choose to work in the industry.”
Image left to right – Students Sam Copus and Cameron Moye. Mercury Production Staff Katy Cine and Ben Wills.