In the few weeks since Easter we’ve had two Opera productions – ‘Radamisto’, which is about to open in the Milton Court Theatre, and ‘The Wager’, a Chinese opera that came over from Beijing and was performed in the Silk Street venue.
‘Radamisto’ is one of our three big annual operas. Directed by John Ramster, designed by Louis Carver and with lighting design by Jake Wiltshire this Handel opera has been set in a museum with some amazing automated set-pieces and suitably Baroque orchestra in the venture pit.
‘Radamisto’ opens on June 5th and tickets can be bought here.
‘The Wager’, from Beijing, was a collaboration between the Chinese opera company’s singers and the orchestra from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Based on the novel A Gamble on a Snowy Night by Gao Xiaosheng this production gave a rare opportunity for our students to collaborate with the singers and production crew from China. Check out the photos below for a glimpse of tech rehearsals.
As part of the Technical Theatre course, students of all specialisms are encouraged to collaborate across disciplines and acquire new skills. A major part of that process are the Associated Studies sessions. In these, students sign up to explore other areas of creative technical practice, with a view to perhaps pursuing these as a minor subject in their degree. Last week, the lighting department hosted students from Design Realisation and Video, who created a beautiful light installation based on the works of J.M.W. Turner. Here are the results of playing with a diffraction grating, and an image of the final piece…
Collaborative projects are one of the key aspects of professional and academic development here at the Guildhall School and the most recent was last Friday’s ‘Digital Storytelling’ in the Milton Court Studio Theatre. The brain child of acting lecturer Professor Ken Rea and Video Lecturer Dan Shorten, the project involved the year one acting students and the year one VDLP (Video Design for Live Performance) students. Each group of three or four actors was allocated a Video Designer who worked with the actors to develop a projection that would be an integral aspect of the story telling. Initial feedback has been hugely praising so maybe it’ll become a permanent fixture of the first year timetable!
Check out the pics below for a glimpse into ‘Digital Storytelling’
Earlier this month was the USITT (United States Institute of Theatre Technicians) conference in St. Louis, Missouri, where the Guildhall School was ably represented by Stuart Calder (Guildhall Associate Producer), Nick Peel (Guildhall Lecturer in Lighting and Design) and Andy Taylor (Guildhall Head of Theatre Technology). The event ran over three days with a main expo hall where visitors could wander through the various displays and talk to a wide variety of theatre companies, technicians and educators, interspersed with a range of seminars covering a wide range of technical theatre topics and areas for discussion.
The USITT website is here. Check it out for a look at their activities and a glimpse into next year’s conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida! Maybe see you there…
The next drama production in our Silk Street theatre this academic year is Lanford Wilson’s ‘Balm in Gilead’. Set in a seedy New York Bar in the 1960s full of drug dealers and prostitutes this production is directed by Jo Bletchley and designed by Dora Schweitzer, with video design by K. Yoland (Guildhall video lecturer) and lighting and sound by year 3 Theatre Technology students Jess Bernberg (lighting designer) and Tom Bosworth (sound designer).
The production opens this evening but there are still a few tickets available here.
Check out the photos below for a glimpse into this week’s tech rehearsals.
Elliot on Sound and Video
Lighting Designer Jess
The amazing stage…
Sound Designer Tom
So here we are at the end of another busy autumn term and last Friday (last day for the students) was full of interesting activities and displays! Particular to us was the Video Designs of the BA (Hons) VDLP (Video Design for Live Performance) and the MA CTPD (Collaborative Theatre Production and Design).
Year 1 VDLP were showing some video projection mapping they’d created for the front of our student halls (Sundial House)…
Year 2 VDLP were showing some video projection mapping they’d created for the geometric design currently in the Barbican foyer…
And the MA students created a water-based introspective environment in the Milton Court Studio Theatre for a 30 minute reflective installation…very relaxing…
Well done all. We hope you all have good holidays and we’ll see you back in January!
Every year 3 Technical Theatre student has to complete a Graduation Project and these can take any number of formats from essays to creating props to putting on shows or, in this case, converting the Technical Theatre teaching lab into a 1920’s Speak Easy bar!
Sam Prestt took on this challenge to see how he could create a soundscape and live band sound reflective of the era and place it all in a suitable environment. He then production-managed this recreation in our Tech Lab employing suitable fellow students to help out (with lighting and design etc.) whilst focussing on the main sound elements.
Check out the photos below for a glimpse into Sam’s vision