Charlie Jonas

In my free time, I like to immerse myself in the technical side of Cambridge’s thriving amateur theatre scene. My primary interest is sound mixing and sound design, but I can occasionally be found in a patchbay with the lighting crew or rigging miscellany on/above stage.

I’m treasurer of The Penguin Club, the local group for adults in Cambridge who are interested in technical theatre, and a member of The Shaft of Darkness Club, an unofficial group of student and alumni tech crew from Cambridge University. I’m also one of the ADC Theatre’s Duty Managers, responsible for all operations in the theatre during matinee and evening performances, and one of their technical volunteers, jointly-responsible with others for their IT systems and various building services.

Events in which I’ve been involved in a technical capacity include The Big Questions on BBC 1, Any Questions? on BBC Radio 4, BBC News’ coverage of The Boat Race in 2019 and the Leaders’ Debate for the 2017 General Election which was broadcast live from the Senate House here in Cambridge. I’ve also been known to freelance on occasion and have crewed several Light Motif corporate events in London.

Back when I was a student, I was involved in several shows that took me across the world, something for which I am incredibly greatful and privileged to have experienced. I spent much of the Christmas vacation in my first year travelling with the Cambridge University European Theatre Group tour of Twelfth Night as one of their technicians. I then spent the following summer touring Japan with the Pembroke Players’ production of Romeo & Juliet. 2017 saw me take on the role of Production Manager for the Cambridge American Stage Tour’s rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

In September 2018 I had the pleasure of sound designing my first (comic) opera, The Pirates of Penzance at the world-famous Minack Theatre in Porthcurno near Land’s End. The Cambridge University Gilbert and Sullivan Society put on an production here each year and I have had the pleasure of returning each time since.

I have a modest selection of equipment that I can hire out to local shows and events - see here. If you’re looking for tech crew for your event/show/gig then please get in touch.