“We need more LX tape”: Jennifer on Equipment & Safety

Jennifer is in her second year studying BA English and History of Art, and is the Backstage Equipment & Safety Secretary 17/18.

“The role is really what you make of it. It’s one where you can bring any random talents or interests to the group and apply it to the education and development of BSS”

You can probably infer what Equipment and Safety Officer (or E&S) is by just reading the title, but I’ll explain it a little further anyway! I’m in charge of maintaining, cataloguing and organising the repair of the society’s equipment and ensuring the safety of all society members and cast who produce shows with us. This includes reading risk assessments, training new crew members and being up to date with safety and insurance understandings.

“You soon develop a strong relationship with venues crew, Union staff and performance society members”

You soon develop a strong relationship with venues crew, union staff and performance society members, and can hardly go five minutes in The Union without bumping into someone you’ve worked with, crewed with or nagged that semester!

“The role is best for a creative thinker with technical skills and a desire to push the society beyond what we’ve seen it do before”

Like every position on committee, the role is really what you make of it. It’s one where you can bring any random talents or interests to the group (maybe film and photography skills? Sewing, designing and building? People or public speaking skills?) and apply it to the education and development of BSS. When you notice a issue with equipment, for example, or general improvement that could be made, the E&S is there to find fun ideas and solutions for the society however they see fit. The role is best for a creative thinker with technical skills and a desire to push the society beyond what we’ve seen it do before – something suited to so many Backstagers we have seen this year!

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