Ian Carpentry - Scenic Carpenter, Welder, YouthWorker, Christian, Path Construction & Making Garden Furniture. AKA Ian Thomas & Ian YouthSpace

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I have worked for Sherman Cymru as Deputy Technical Stage Manager, Scenic Carpenter and a few other titles both as a member of the house staff and a freelancer. In my normal theatre guise I am a freelance Scenic Carpenter working from Cardiff and with strong links to the workshops in the Sherman, spending a fair amount of time building for them or for others in their space.

As a Youth Worker I have just (in April 2012) completed a period of nearly 3 years as the Full Time Youth Worker to "Youth Space" a project bringing the Youth Work of the Methodist Church in Cardiff and Caerphilly together under one umberella and also creating a new Youth Centre to improve the standards of Youth Work within the church and to work with young people within the community around our buildings.

If I get any spare time I like to spend it outdoors and with camera. Which by the way is a Nikon D70 with choice of F2.8 18-170 or an F4 80 - 250 plus of course the offboard flash unit and pile of filters all lugged round in a bag that I keep being told is far too big for anyone to take up a hill. But yes I do like shooting landscapes when I get the time to go out and about. I also have (but not always carry) a Manfrotto monopod with ball head which is just the best camera related investment (ok so second after the D70) I have ever made or a set of Manfrotto legs with 3 way head and that really is too heavy to cart about everywhere so only comes out on special occasions. The monopod is fabulously light but at the same time the head will lock solid, and ever better has a nice smooth slip action on it so with the long lens your not waving all over the place the head can do some of the holding still for you.

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Formal training

I recieved my formal theatre training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School from which I graduated with a BA in Professional Stage Management.

My level 3 Certificate in Christian Youth Work comes from the Centre for Youth Ministry

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Deep Cut Set

Theatrical credits

Professional Credits

Roles at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

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Prior to studying at BOVTS, I attended the University of Bristol where I was Training Manager of the Stage Technicians’ Association and worked on over 30 productions in various roles.

I can drive and is comfortable operating a telescopic handler. My background in music has led to competent score reading. He has a keen interest in productions at non-standard venues. 

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