We specialise in providing the very best technicians to the UK entertainment industries. We hand pick our technicians to ensure that whatever skills you need for your event we are providing the best around.


We provide technicians with skills from all departments within the industry. Whether you need a crew of two to unload a van or team of forty including production management, carpenters, electricians and riggers, we’ve got it covered.

General Crew

General crew are at the heart of every event. Our crew arrive on-site with the right skills, tools and attitude to work. They will always be on hand and willing to work across departments if and when necessary.

Specialist Technicians

Our specialist technicians each have their own area of expertise. We can provide production carpenters, production electricians, sound engineers, video engineers and riggers.

Production Staff

Our production staff will be there to support your project or production manager from the start to the end of your event. They will lead any department during event builds and get-ins and everything that follows until the last truck doors have closed.

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Our Team

Gilles Pink

Gilles Pink

Personnel Manager

Gilles took a temporary job at his local theatre 14 years ago and hasn’t looked back since. An experienced No 1 production carpenter, Gilles leads on recruitment at First Call Crew.

Oli Patterson

Oli Patterson

General Manager

Oli started out aged 16 as a junior technician at Crewe Lyceum, and as a freelance has 8 years of In the Night Garden Live tours under his belt (most recently as No 1 production carpenter) together with many UK and European tours and West End builds.

Dan Weager

Dan Weager

Finance Manager

Dan took a degree in music production, and worked his way up through sound, lighting, stage and rigging. In 2011 he became technical stage manager at Malvern Theatres for four years, before returning to the freelance world until joining First Call Crew.


  • We’ve called upon the services of First Call Crew on various occasions and they’ve always supplied excellent technicians whether our requirements have been for Lighting, Sound, Stage or Rigging.

    Their crew are all qualified in their specific fields and bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience. They work well with our own in-house crew and the visiting company; also have the experience and ability to run a stage or LX crew if required.

    I’d fully recommend them to any theatre, production or event company as the crewing company to call if you’re wanting competent and experienced crew in whatever discipline you require. They stand out against all the other crewing companies, as the only one who you know will supply exactly what you want in experienced technicians.

    John Buckle, Technical Manager – Liverpool Empire ATG
  • We’ve not looked back since asking First Call Crew to take on In the Night Garden Live. It’s a 20 truck move of an outdoor event, and needs crew who can do everything from building seating stands and stages to carpeting and carpentry, often in the rain and always against the clock while remaining motivated. It’s a tall order, but First Call Crew always deliver.

    Phil McCandlish, Production Manager – In the Night Garden Live
  • This was by far the biggest and hardest project we have delivered on the beach over the last few years and the heat didn’t help matters with record temperatures of 30+ degrees! The guys’ attitude and commitment to get the project done on time through the heat, problems and just sheer size of it was amazing! Also noted not just by us but by other companies on site was how professional and helpful you were with other departments which was very nice feedback from our clients.

    Dan Bell, Project Manager – Stage One
  • I have used First Call Crew on various productions this year to provide both production carpenters and general crew. They have always provided professional, skilled and willing individuals. They are flexible regarding late changes and moving goalposts that production managers so often have to contend with. I have recommended First Call to several colleagues and companies and will continue to do so.

    Lloyd Thomas, Production Manager
  • What separates a good crew company from a great crew company? They all have people who can move stuff, operate plant and support a project, but not all crew companies are created equal. The biggest difference between First Call and the 'others' is the ability of their teams to take a brief and just get on with it - largely self managed using the skills they know they have between them without the all-to-often requirement for close management which ties up valuable time from our Production Team. First Call are without a doubt an extension of our own team and critical to the success of our projects when the show really must go on...

    Rob Haworth, Production Manager – Entourage Live
  • First Call Crew are my ‘go to’ people on all my projects - currently PETER PAN - THE ARENA SPECTACULAR at Birmingham and Wembley Arenas - Oli and his team are fast, responsive, reliable and work on each project with all the enthusiasm and skill you could wish for.

    Jon Conway, Producer


Contact Info

0330 120 0580
Unit 2A
Royal Ordnance Depot
Weedon Bec