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No backstage jitters for this stage star

Budding stage manager, Christine Collins, will be under the spotlight during the final day of graduations at Queen’s University, Belfast, today.

Christine, from Finaghy, will graduate with a BA (MM) Drama (Major)-English (Minor).

She will begin a six-month internship with the Lyric Theatre later this month, during which she will shadow the theatre’s production manager. Christine has also secured a six-week placement with Kabosh Theatre Company and will work with the production and technical team on their production for this year’s Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s. She said: “I have always aspired to a career in stage management. Thanks to the practical experience I gained during my course, I have been able to get my career off to a great start by securing these two sought-after placements.

“Queen’s Drama department is the largest university drama department in Ireland and has close links with the professional theatre company. This, along with the opportunity to participate in productions at the University’s Brian Friel Theatre, has given me an invaluable insight into what life would be like as a production or stage manager.”

Christine’s secured her internship with the Lyric Theatre through the Northern Bank’s Freedom Experience Scholarship.

Her placement with Kabosh Theatre Company is through the Northern Ireland Theatre Association (NITA) Technical Theatre Bursary Scheme, which aims to strengthen the professional theatre infrastructure across Northern Ireland.

Belfast Telegraph