Course details

  • Duration 1 day (9am to 5:30pm)
  • Next Course New dates
    coming soon

About this course


This practical, one-day training course in Stage Pyrotechnics, taught by renowned industry practitioner Lincoln Parkhouse, provides attendees with an overview of different pyrotechnic devices, their uses and relevant health and safety. 

This course is ideal for anyone with the intention of using professional stage pyrotechnics for live events. You need to be 18 or over to attend this course.

As you will be aware the UK is currently working through the Governments Spring roadmap out of lockdown and although we hope that by 30th June there will be sufficient rule relaxation to go ahead as planned, please be aware that if social distancing rules do not allow for this course to run efficiently and safely for delegates and staff alike we maintain the right to postpone this course to a later date. 

If postponement occurs, your place will automatically be moved to the next available course.

Topics covered

  • Live Device Demonstrations
  • History of Pyrotechnics
  • Flame Proofing
  • Series Wiring
  • Testing
  • Risk Assessments


Backstage Academy is based on Production Park, on the outskirts of Wakefield, which is perfectly situated at the very centre of the UK with easy access to most major cities and airports in Britain by road or rail.

On-site training

All of our training programmes can be delivered at Backstage Academy or at your premises, if suitable (minimum delegate number applies). 

COVID-19 Measures

  • Safer Facilities

    We have adjusted the lay out of our training facilities to bring in a one-way system which encourages social distancing and allows delegates to move about in a safer manner. 

    There is an increased emphasis on hand washing and sanitation therefore extra measures have been brought in to ensure delegates and staff regularly disinfect their hands, as well as regular surface cleaning throughout the whole facility.  

    We will issue each trainee their own notebooks and handouts so that contact is minimal. 

    The classrooms have also been rearranged to allow maximum social distancing between trainees.  

  • On Arrival

    On arrival delegates will be asked to sign a self-declaration assuring us that they are not a known risk of transmission.

    Delegates exhibiting symptoms of the virus will not be allowed to attend Production Park.  

  • Use of PPE

    Although we will do our best to maintain a social distance of at least 2m between delegates, there are elements of practical work that may be undertaken that may require closer distances, just as they will on a real site.  

    Where delegates are learning to perform potentially hazardous activities, for example in the Pyrotechnics Course, it is imperative that communication remains loud and clear therefore masks are not required in the training room. 

    The training rooms are very well ventilated and hand washing will be given the utmost priority whilst working. For this reason, and the ongoing need to communicate clearly, we have decided not to request the wearing of masks in the training rooms. 

    The requirement to wear a mask outside of the training rooms is mandatory. 

  • Food & Drink

    We request that no food or drink is shared between delegates. 

    Tea & Coffee making facilities will be provided, please ensure you do not make a drink for anyone other than yourself to avoid transmission. 

  • Further Questions

    If you have any further questions or would like to raise any concerns then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at 

    We look forward to seeing you soon!


“What a fun packed explosive day! There was never a dull moment, the theory side of the course was most enjoyable and you get to handle the products and fire them. I loved the course and would recommend it to anyone who is even slightly interested in pyro.”


Ready to start your Backstage journey?