ROBE UK light up Cheshire College – South & West

With a reputation as one of the best teaching and training facilities in the country, Cheshire College – South & West’s Technical Theatre department was chosen by the leading international lighting manufacturer, ROBE UK, to deliver a special student workshop.

ROBE’s one-day workshop at the College’s Ellesmere Port campus involved an all-encompassing lighting demonstration showcasing the latest ROBE equipment and providing an exciting opportunity for the students to trial and experience the new gear. Lighting Designer, Andy Webb, spearheaded the workshop and offered advice to students throughout the day.

Angie Berwick, Performing Arts Tutor at Cheshire College – South & West commented: “We are pleased to have a strong working relationship with ROBE, built on our students enthusiasm and commitment to the industry. So, we were delighted that ROBE selected the College to deliver this workshop, which was really well received by all the students.

“ROBE are always keen to involve the College in their training plans and it is invaluable to the students to not only be able to work with the new equipment but also gain the support and advice from industry leaders. This is an exciting partnership for us and we are now in the process of working with ROBE to become one of their Hubs for workshops next year.”

The workshop brought together all facets of training, including knowledge of the latest technology as well as full use of the equipment and different techniques.

As a round-up to the day, ROBE held a competition, quizzing students on their knowledge of the equipment. This would determine how well the students had absorbed the information and which two would triumph to win a ROBE rucksack, notepad and pen, as well as the winning status.

James Hunt, 19 from Chester and Alex Vickers, 18 from Birkenhead, both studying Technical Theatre at Cheshire College – South & West claimed the top two spots.

Alex said: “It was a great day and really useful having ROBE there to talk us through the use of the equipment. It was also interesting to gain an insight into their experiences, advise and useful tips for our future careers. I wasn’t expecting to win the competition, I just enjoyed the day and that must have translated in the results.”

The College’s Technical Theatre programme has really gone from strength to strength, having celebrated its 15-year anniversary last year, gaining countless student achievements and having expanded its industry partnerships.

For more information on studying Technical Theatre at Cheshire College – South & West, or if you would like more information on the courses available, visit or call the College hotline on 01244 656555.