Category Archive: Lighting & Theatre

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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May 19

Lighting… gigs…?

I’m a theatre lighting designer.  We take 3-6 weeks to think about a design.  Every instrument is carefully positioned, focused and plotted.  We pick our colours carefully, analyse scenes and then spend anywhere between 12-72 hours stuck behind a lighting desk carefully constructing every single moment of a play. Added to this, I know little …

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Apr 18

The Universal Machine

So hungry it hurts.  So hungry that actually I’m not sure I can eat.  It’s a hard thing to describe – that moment you pass through hunger and out the other side and the notion of food is actually strangely repellant.  Must eat.  Can’t quite work out how. But! The reason for the hunger is …

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Mar 16

The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes – Rehearsals

Another day, another musical.  And to think, a few years ago I hadn’t lit a single musical.  Now I’ve done… more than I can comfortably remember.  Oh god the triplets.  Oh god the key changes.  Oh god the sense that there isn’t enough heat proof blue gel in the world… Anyway.  What should interest you …

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