More Art Less Tools

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I do hope I don’t get thrown out of the Association of Lighting Designers for this one… The ALD has a motto.  It’s on its website, it’s on its magazine – ‘More Art Less Tools’. I would cautiously suggest that it’s a terrible motto. For a start, it’s grammatically pants.  Yes, I know, pedantry, but someone’s gotta bring it up and having raised it, we can all move on.  More art… fewer tools… next…. Beneath that, there is a noble intention.  There’s conversations about the simple beauty of a single, well-judged lamp cunningly rigged which, through its elegant contribution to …

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Post Show Drinks

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“Cat!  The show went well!  Come have a drink.” “Oh but I was going to go home I haven’t been home for five hundred years every part of my body hurts I can barely walk I’m so tired now and then I start giggling hysterically I’m not sure that….” “Just one, just one, come on…” “I suppose so… is it ok to sit here?  I can chat to the techies on the left, but maybe also get to know the actors on the right it could be interesting the two professions coming together at last a meeting of…” Five minutes …

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Conversations With The Lighting Lady

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“Ok so let’s update that to track and can we please put cue 86.5 with ‘at once sweet friend’ and we’re also going to….” “Hello.” “Oh.  Hello.  Sorry, I’m a bit….” “Are you the Lighting Lady?” “If by Lighting Lady, do you mean I’m Cat, the lighting designer and woman who’s been in a rehearsal room with you and your fellow cast members for at least twenty hours already… yes.  That’s me.” “Do you know where I go to get my radio mic?” “Do I… no.  No I don’t.  Sorry.  You’ll be wanting to talk to sound.” “Okay.  Where are …

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It Never Rains

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This blog has been quiet for a few weeks – apologies.  All the life has been happening! To catch up on some of this, and because people sometimes wonder what a scribbler’s routine (hollow laughter!) looks like, all the life has been something like this…. From January-May of this year I teched seven plays, and lit a dozen or so music gigs.  What this practically means is that of the twenty weeks encompassed in that time, at least six were spent glued to a lighting desk for fourteen hours straight, trying to coax lights into submission while living on a …

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Self Doubt

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Here it is… here it comes.  Can you feel it?  It’s there, just lurking on the edge of your awareness, needling… the voice of self-doubt. Everyone gets it.  Me… I’ve always been lucky enough to do stuff pretty much by myself, for myself.  As a scribbler I don’t read my own reviews, I definitely don’t go looking for them, and even if bad stuff is written about my books I figure, meh, everyone’s entitled to their own point of view on something as subjective as writing. But then other things start to nag.  In the five years in which I’ve …

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