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Kirsty Nicol

Kirsty Nicol


Year Role / Type Name of Production / Director Company / Venue
2011 - 2016 Freelance Prop Maker
Studios North Workshop at Alton Towers
Merlin Entertainments
Studios North
2015 Scenic Painter
Glyndebourne Opera 'Nothing'
Stage One Creative Services Ltd
2015 Prop Maker
Anita and me' & 'the lion the witch and the wardrobe.'
The REP Theatre
2015 Scenic Painter
Hamlet & refurb work on FFE Panto Snow White
Rocket Scenery
2015 Casualty Workshop Staff
Kneehigh Theatre's '946'
The Rep Theatre
2015 Senic Painter
HSBC 150th Anniversary
Stage One Creative Services Ltd
2014 Construction and Stage Support
Scarefest Mazes 2014
Entertainment at Alton Towers Resort
Alton Towers Resort
2014 Paint & Props Assistant
Opening Ceremony Commonwealth Games 2014
Stage One Creative Services Ltd
Celtic Park Glasgow
2013 Designer
Ra Ra Company
Lowry Theatre Manchster & Touring
2013 Workshop Leader (Design)
Play in a Week
Proper Job Theatre Company
Bexton Primary School
2012 Assistant Designer & Stage Manager
Proper Job Theatre Company
The Met Theatre, Bury Manchester
2012 Construction and Stage Support
Scarefest Mazes 2012
Entertainment Alton Towers
2012 Designer
Bottled Wasps
Organised Chaos Productions
Joshua Brooks, Manchester and Touring
2011 Scenic Artist
Scrooge: A Christmas Carol
Proper Job Theatre Company
The Met Theatre, Bury Manchester
2011 Set Dresser/Runner
Bedroom studio
2011 Assistant Costume Designer/Assistant Set Dresser/Runner
The Craftsman
Sheringham Studios
2011 Designer
All Because of Molly
Organised Chaos Productions
The Lowry Theatre, Manchester and Touring
2010 - 2011 Designer
The Beauty Manifesto
Junk Shop Theatre Company
2010 Desginer
Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)
Junk Shop Theatre Company
College Street Studio Theatre
2010 Prop Maker
Peter Pan
New Vic Theatre
2010 Scenic Painter & Set Dresser
Desire Under the Elms
New Vic Theatre
2010 Designer
Godalming Summer Skills 2010 - "Lost in the Post"
Youth Music Theatre
Prior's Field School
2009 - 2010 Set /Props Designer & Construction Assistant
Our House
The Television Workshop
Nottingham Arts Theatre


  • Year
  • 2010
    BA (HONS) in Theatre Design
  • 2007
    BTEC National Diploma Art & Design
    Newcaltes-under-Lyme College

About me

My main interest is design and after working on the Television Workshop production of 'Our House', I have gone on to design for other companies, such as Junk Shop Theatre and Organised Chaos Productions.

I am very passionate about what I do and see myself as an illustrator to writers and their scripts. I enjoy planning and working collaboratively with directors to produce a flowing, attention-grabbing performance.

I have also discovered a passion for workshops. I really enjoy designing and making theatre with, and for, young people. I like working 'hands-on' and am very keen to learn new skills. I am gradually learning more about scenic painting, which is of great interest to me, as I come from a fair-ground art background and really enjoy this part of the creation of theatre.

Additional Skills

While working for as a Merlin Magic Maker for Merlin Entertainment, I have considerably enhanced my prop making skillset by learning fibreglass laminating, panelling and model making. I have also gained experience in working from fibreglass models. These are all attributes which improve my understanding of props and which I believe will ultimately help me become a better designer.

The work at Merlin has also strengthened my teamwork ethic, as due to the scale of the props being created, it is very rare for a prop maker to operate alone and the success of the
team is dependent on the ability of all its members to work well together. I am very proud to have worked on the Blackpool, York and New London Dungeon, The Swarm (Thorpe Park), Ice Age 4D Experience, Nemesis Sub Terra & Cbeebies Land (Alton Towers), Shrek's Adventure in London & the newest attraction to be open at Thorpe Park, Derren Brown's Ghost Train!

I have worked alot in the Lego Workshop making LEGO mini figures for attractions in the UK, as well as worldwide such as, Florida, Dubai & Japan.

I have also Assistant as Workshop Leader along side Helen Fownes-Davies over Nottinghamshire, best know workshop being The Lakeside Theatre summer project 'Create a Play in a Week' which I assisted with in 2009 and 2010.


Paul McNicol
Senior Pcoordinator Merlin Magic Makers, Studios North.
Contact info provided upon request

Lizzi Counsell
Freelance Producer.
Contact info provided upon request


Primary Job Title Set Designer
Secondary Job Title Prop Maker
Job Titles Costume Assistant, Costume Designer, Prop Maker, Props Assistant, Props Buyer, Puppet Builder, Scenic Artist, Set Builder, Set Designer, Stage Assistant
Years in industry 3 to 6 years
Company Experience Children's Theatre, Educational Theatre, Exhibitions, UK Touring Theatre
Organisation Membership Equity
Experienced in Drama, Fringe, Musicals, New Writing
Interested in Live Events, UK Tour