Kind of Blue

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As a lighting designer, I’m sometimes asked to make things ‘blue’.  Here is what ‘blue’ means to me: Daylight blue – the cheating blue that turns a yellow tungsten lens to the not-quite-white of daylight Royal blue, rich with imperial ambitions Congo blue, the darkest I know, which eats up …

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Lessons In Music

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Things I have learned while lighting music gigs: 1.  You can’t have too many fingers.  In theatre, you create a state, make it balanced and beautiful, save it, and move on.  In music, you layer things on top of other things, live, as the band plays, usually without knowing what …

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Professional Armour

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So again I’ve been reminded that I’m ‘scary’. In theatre I can be very scary indeed in the face of inadequacy and incompetence, and this is fine and I will not apologise for it.  If you do your job badly, and you are threatening to break the show, then do …

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Post Apocalyptic Book Club

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So!  More events!  This is your final reminder that tomorrow (October 6th) I’m going to be at Bookseller Crow in Crystal Palace with all the awesome Emily St. John Mandel and Sarah Pinborough. And for anyone who misses that, on November 19th I’m going to be at Waterstones Piccadilly with …

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The Power of Stet

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It’s difficult, when editing a book, deciding how much you a) trust your judgment and b) trust your editor’s.  A great deal boils down to the individual.  Do I, as a writer, know my editor and respect their judgment, understand their point of view and have faith that, even if …

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The Canal at Night

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So a few days ago, I walked back from my escrima class along Regents Canal after the sun had set.  I always walk along the canal to the class, when the sun’s up, but very rarely after dark.  It wasn’t much past 8.30 p.m., so hardly the deepest hour of …

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