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28th Jun, 2022

Former Stratford College students lands critical backstage role in upcoming RSC production

A RISING star has landed the important task of shining the spotlight on others in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s latest production.

Former Stratford College technical theatre student Matty Sanders has landed a crucial back-stage role on the much-anticipated upcoming production of The Boy in the Dress – a musical adaptation of David Walliams’ novel.

The 21-year-old has been chosen for the position of ‘primary follow spot operator’ responsible for the lighting which follows the characters on stage.

The theatre technician’s passion was ignited in primary school where he was intrigued by the effects produced by the lighting in the assembly hall.

He said: “I used to be fascinated by the different colour light that was outputted. It was this that got me into lighting at the beginning.”

His ambitions were further realised when he was presented with the Rising Star award at the college.

He added: “I was absolutely thrilled to be recognised for hard work and dedication, and am very grateful to my lecturers for nominating me.”

Previous work with the company in the lighting department and on amateur shows lead to a personal invitation by the RSC’s head of lighting asking Matty to take on the major role.

He will be responsible for the spotlighting for the entire run of 130 shows.

The Boy in the Dress opens at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on November 8.

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