by Willy Russell
Vernon started out as a Stage Technician for Zip Theatre Company touring Theatre in Education and Small Scale Theatre productions around Wolverhampton and the Midlands.
During his career he has worked as a Set designer, Scenic carpenter, Lighting & Sound designer, Stage/Production Manager, as well as Lecturer and Trainer.
Past designs include Moll Flanders, The Shadow of Dr. Syn, The Gingerbread Man, The Great Christmas Tree Adventure and Between Mouthfuls, Gosforth’s Fete and The Mother Figure from Alan Ayckbourn’s Confusions (Channel Theatre Company).
He also designed the sets for Clarence Darrow with Leslie Nielsen (Vienna’s English Theatre and Charles Stephens Productions, UK tour) and for Mark Twain and The Laughing River with Jim Post for Vienna’s English Theatre, as well as numerous productions for Vienna’s English Theatre Schooltours.
Some of his other memorable jobs have included: Production Manager for The Mysteries at Canterbury Cathedral; Stage Manager for The Cherub Company touring Twelfth Night and Alan Bennett’s The Old Country to Iraq and Pakistan in 1988 and Ethiopia, Sudan and Zimbabwe in 1989;
Company Manager for The Reduced Shakespeare Company, UK tour and The Arts Theatre, London, and Production Manager on Thunderbirds FAB touring the UK, Holland and Japan.
Vernon is currently Production Manager for Vienna’s English Theatre.