Things Actors Can Say

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… that technicians can’t.  This could also extend to musicians, dancers, any artisty type really that the director doesn’t want to upset.  I hasten to add that 99% of all actors and artists I’ve ever lit have been awesome amazing professionals who can lift a text and elevate a character …

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Another Tech, Another Night…

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Last night I slept 8 unbroken hours for the first time in… oooh… a while.  It’s been another tech-tastic week, and it’s not quite over yet…. Thankfully!  When I come to that point where I’m pretty much too tired to speak (a problem when you’re trying to give cue numbers …

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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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