Tech goes the blog: Technical Theatre production work revealed
Design Realisation and Stage & Costume Management blogs provide fascinating insight into what goes on behind the scenes
Whilst we are familiar with the faces, sights and sounds of both our actors and musicians, it’s the tireless work of students on the pathways of the BA Technical Theatre Arts that underpins every stage production that the School has. How many times have you wondered: ‘how many people did it take to build this set?’, or ‘how did they make that scenery’ for example?
The answers to these questions are now thankfully within reach. To uncover what goes on in the planning and workshops, the Technical Theatre department have been documenting their production work for two of their pathways. This comes in the form of staff-run blogs for both Design Realisation and Stage & Costume Management, who have been posting regular updates during term time.
These intriguing posts include for example, ‘New life for an old set’, explaining how schoolchildren in Hackney are benefiting from the timber used in December 2013’s production of Marathon ’33; and ‘It’s a race against time’, documenting the pressure on the workshops in the run up to that very same production. We also get a great insight into the workshop activity for our Spring term opera Pinocchio, which will be the largest operatic production at the School in recent years.
It’s not all about the finished product though – on the Stage and Costume Management blog, photos are offered straight from the lecture room, such as ‘Mark up lessons – scale rules at the ready!’, in which we see how Year 1 students learn industry methods of triangulation and gridding – or in layman’s terms, how to mark up a rehearsal space so everyone knows where things are supposed to go. Along with ‘Associated Studies’, in which we get to see some, ahem, interesting attempts at photoshopping by students on other pathways, it’s not only a fascinating observation of life behind the scenes, but gives credit to those who so often go unapplauded.