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Theatre worker committed to funerals job after pandemic forced career switch

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A stage manager who swapped the theatre for funeral work says has “really surprised myself with how passionate I have become about it all”.

Jordan Lever, 33, from London took a six-week job with Co-op Funeralcare when the production he was working on was halted by the coronavirus pandemic last year.

Since then, he has gone full-time as a member of the funeral service crew, and said he is “completely happy” with his new career.

Jordan Lever, 33, from London made the move from theatre work to funeral work during the pandemic

“Two or three years ago I was having a think of what career I would do if I didn’t do theatre,” Mr Lever told the PA news agency.

“One of the things that came to my mind back then was funerals.

“Within theatre you generally get a crack at it again the next day, but you still want to make sure it’s perfect for that day and that time.

“With funerals it’s exactly the same premise. You have to give your all and every detail has to be correct to make it perfect.”

While the two jobs might not appear compatible at first glance, Mr Lever said they both demand similar skills.

“Building and preparing a coffin, that’s something I’d never done, but it’s similar to doing carpentry within building on a set,” he said.

“Again, dressing someone. We dress people within theatre productions and we dress people here. Some people would never think about dressing someone else, but that’s something I’ve been doing for the past 10 years.

“We do their hair, their make-up, we dress them. We prepare their coffins, and on the day of the funeral we could be limousine drivers, we could be bearing the coffin.

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