Are you curious about a career in theatre? Interested in design, technical and backstage roles and want to know more?

Artistic Director Lotte Wakeham hosts an online discussion on ‘off stage’ roles in theatre with panelists including Kay Buckley (Chief Electrician at the Octagon), Jane Lalljee (Lighting Designer), TK Hay (Set and Costume Designer) and Tony Gayle (Sound Designer). Find out about pathways into off stage careers and have the opportunity to ask your questions to our panel of industry experts.

Please note: This event will take place on Zoom. For further information click here.

Part of Get Creative Summer – find more events here.


TK won the Linbury Prize for Stage Design in 2019 through working with the Octagon Theatre on An Adventure, part of the theatre's planned opening season. He trained in design at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Website:

Jane Lalljee studied a post grad in Stage Management at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She cut her teeth in theatre as a stage manger and moved in to production management for a few years but her heart lies in lighting, which now takes up all of her time. Jane recently lit Dr Korczak’s Example at Leeds Playhouse and Giraffes Can’t Dance at Leicester Curve.  She is due to be the Lighting Designer for the Octagon’s One Man, Two Guvnors in June next year. 

Kay is Chief Electrician at The Octagon Theatre, having started working here as Assistant Electrician in 2011. Kay has worked as a professional theatre electrician since the age of 17. Her currently role at the Octagon involves helping Lighting and Sound Designers realise their creative vision for productions and creating her own lighting and sound designs. 

Tony Gayle is a sound designer with over 25 years of industry experience with experience in Theatre Sound Design, Live Event Audio Services, Audio Production, Equipment Hire, Crew Logistics, Design Consultancy and Audio Recording Services. Recent credits include The Royal Court, Old Vic, Matilda the Musical and Jersey Boys. Find out more:

Additional information


Online Zoom Session


Wednesday 22 July, 1-2pm