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Lighting & Theatre

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. (more…)

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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.  […]

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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: […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.  […]

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Lighting Tips

The top three tips are from my favourite lighting designer, Paule Constable. The rest are mine! 1.  Look after yourself. (Or: ‘It’s a show, not a kidney’ as one of my favourite set designers says.) […]

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Directors directors directors

It’s been a few years since I left Ra-de-da (as it’s known) to become a lighting designer, and in that time, I have met, I think, possibly every size, shape and extremity of theatre director […]

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Haze!!!

Actors! It’s just haze! It’s not ‘smoke’, it’s not floating ash, it’s not blackened carbon that’s going to clog up your lungs and fill your mouth with tar! It doesn’t make you cough, it doesn’t […]

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On a theme of lighting…

I haven’t put many photos up for a while… and figured I should!  Remember the ‘other job’ I do?  The one that doesn’t involve books… well, here’s some I made earlier… (more…)

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