Blackout drapes and rigging supplier has donated a range of equipment to the 2016 National Student Drama Festival (NSDF), which took place in Scarborough on 19-25 March.

The festival, which this year celebrated its 60th anniversary, showcased productions by theatre makers aged 16-25.

NSDF technical director David Graham said: “This is the fourth year that Blackout have supported the Festival. Without their generosity and willingness to help, we would not be able to deliver the high standard of temporary venues that the Festival audiences have come to expect.

“Rigging and drapes are the unsung heroes in the industry, often hidden away or hiding what we don’t want our audiences to see. It is important that our student team get an understanding of their function from day one. Blackout always delivers equipment that is turned out to the highest standard and I certainly hope that we can continue our relationship for future festivals.”

This year’s event saw 25 volunteers join the NSDF Technical Team to gain hands on experience with drapes and rigging, sound, lighting, video, stage management and special effects.

“We’ve been supplying equipment to the National Student Drama Festival for many years and we’re pleased to once again be able to help young people in the industry get hands on experience,” added Martin Wood, managing director at Blackout. “It is vital for companies like ourselves to nurture young talent and provide opportunities for the next generation who are interested in learning more about the industry.”