Category Archive: Lighting & Theatre

Jul 18

Satisfied Against Adversity

I wish I didn’t have to say this, but a lot of the time, anywhere between 30-80% of a lighting designer’s job is a battle against adversity.  On massive productions this may not be the case so much, but on your standard fringe-ish show, an LD may have all the vision in the world, but …

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Jun 01

Carousel

I love it when you reach a point in a creative relationship where you get to say ‘no’.  There are various different levels of conversation you can have with a director or designer.  With someone who you don’t know, as a lighting designer you frequently find yourself having to say something along the lines of, …

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May 16

Eurovision…?

I don’t watch Eurovision. Honestly, it’s just not my cuppa tea, even as a curious lighting designer who sometimes lights music.  And if I do watch, I tend to turn the sound down. For any readers outside Europe who have wandered onto this blog, let me clarify.  Eurovision is a once-yearly celebration of the joyously …

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Apr 12

Three Years a Lighting Designer

I have now been a theatre lighting designer for three years and… oooh… six months, give or take.  I say ‘I have been’ but in my first secondment out of RADA a large part of the experience was being informed that to even call myself a lighting designer, in my ignorant state, was an offense …

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Apr 06

Adventures in… Northampton?

Let’s not kid ourselves.  Northampton is not the glamorous throbbing heart of the North.  Once it was clearly awesome.  It has a museum dedicated to the history of shoe manufacture, which once it was a centre of, a beautiful guildhall, a nice market and an absolutely lovely theatre.  The rest… well… I’ve seen sexier places.  …

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Feb 13

More Shiny Shiny

So this…. … was my yesterday. It’s either the shuttered lens of a struck arc lamp… or it’s an alien abduction in progress.  You decide.

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Jan 18

After Finishing This Book…

… I went to the theatre. I don’t go to the theatre as often as I should, ‘cos working in theatre makes it hard to find the time to… you know… go to the theatre.  But!  Topsecretproject3 was finished and within 40 minutes I was pretty bored, really, because sure, there’s editing to do, but …

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Jan 02

A Guide To Tech-Speak

A guide to useful terminology that you may hear if you happen to wander into a theatre. There’s an air-gap:  the light’s unplugged. There’s a resistance issue: the light’s unplugged. Get me a sky clamp: this is a ridiculous idea that will never work, go away and please don’t come back. Get me a long …

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Sep 06

Katharine McCormick/Top Secret Play

So.  According to wikipedia -  which I grant you isn’t a great source, but stick with me – Katharine McCormick was an American philanthropist, biologist and suffragette.  She was the second woman to ever graduate from MIT; she promoted birth control, women’s rights, and pushed for the participation of women in science in a time …

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Jul 06

Watching rehearsals…

Ah summer is here.  And I am spending it… in tech.  In 4 techs in a row, in fact.  That’s four productions, all at different stages of development, and me flitting between them all, a rare continuity between otherwise completely disassociated events. The coming weeks, for anyone wondering, looks like this: Week 1:  collection of …

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