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A Theatre Royal employee who was the first to be selected for a new placement position is going to continue his career with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Luke Kernaghan has spent the year as the Theatre Royal Plymouth’s first resident Assistant Director. The role was designed to give an insight into the workings of the theatre, and to gain experience and skills which could be developed in future roles. During his time in Plymouth, Luke has been spending time with Programming, Development, Marketing, Front of House and all the other areas which go into making the theatre run smoothly.

As well as learning from others, Luke has assisted in rehearsals of Drum co-productions including Lovesong _with Frantic Assembly and _The Golden Dragon with ATC, and worked with the Creative Learning department giving weekly classes to the Young Company and the People’s Company, and directing the Young Company’s summer production, Heartbreak Beautiful.

The Royal Shakespeare Company has asked Luke to join them as an Assistant Director for their upcoming World Shakespeare Festival, coinciding with the London Olympics. He’ll be based in London and Stratford working on productions including Richard III, as well as developing a new play in collaboration with the National Theatre of Mexico.

Luke said, “Working at the Theatre Royal and Drum has been one of the most exciting and rewarding periods of my life. To be a part of one of the most dynamic and innovative theatres in the country has been a complete privilege. Where else can you see the world premiere of a new Complicite show in the same season as the premiere of Frantic Assembly’s Lovesong, along with one of the most talked-about productions from Edinburgh and the National Theatre’s tour of One Man, Two Guvnors? Plymouth is the playground of theatrical giants. Being a member of the Theatre Royal team has been like gaining a new family and I will miss Plymouth and the wonderful people here.”

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