Behind the Scenes with Technical Manager, Harry Palmer
Here at Trinity, we’ve grown a working ensemble to shout about, and we’re firm believers in having cast members that inspire and drive us.
Following the popularity of our series of International Women’s Day Staff Highlights, as we move towards ‘the new normal’ we’re going behind the scenes to highlight a number of our incredibly talented staff.
For our audience, what is your name and what is your position at Trinity?
Harry Palmer, Technical Manager.
What is your favourite aspect of working at Trinity?
I love the way that Trinity has pushed me to be the best version of myself, through learning new skills and gaining knowledge from each and every department across the whole organisation.
How would the rest of #TeamTrinity describe you?
A team player. Fun, reliable, approachable and most importantly hard working.
What’s the one thing our Trinity audience might not know about you?
In a previous life I worked on a TUI cruise ship as a lighting technician. Boarding in Cuba before sailing through to Jamaica, Costa Rica, Panama and a number of other stunning locations, you’d be mistaken for thinking it was an easy ride! 6am starts rolled into back-to-back morning dress rehearsals, afternoon game shows on the upper decks and then two full shows in the main theatre. Not a Piña Colada in sight!
How have you been keeping busy through lockdown?
Due to my job role, I made a very conscious effort to keep my skill set sharp throughout each lockdown, taking as many courses as possible over a range of different technical disciplines including an electrical engineering course which is something that I find invaluable for my day to day profession. Alongside these courses, I also make Airfix model planes.
What would you say is your biggest personal development during your time at Trinity?
My time at Trinity has provided me with my first opportunity to manage my own technical department which has allowed me to develop my management skill set, with a specific development of time management, both personally and of my team and any incoming shows.
If you could switch jobs with anyone else at Trinity, who would it be and why?
I’d want to join the Marketing & Development team, perhaps switching with Lizzie. I know very little about marketing and audience development plans but I feel that it would be a fun and exciting role to take on!
What’s been your proudest moment during your time at Trinity?
I was able to work with my absolute favourite comedian Jo Brand – nothing can beat working with fantastic people.
What would your dream event/venue be to tech?
I’d love to work as a lighting designer in the West End one day, perhaps for a show like Chicago, of which I’ve always loved the music, set and style. If I could work at one other venue it would be the Apollo Victoria Theatre, which is a truly magical place.