The upcoming Opera double bill is roaring through tech rehearsals with lighting, stage technology and sound all heavily involved. In the photo above we have the silhouettes of James running the recently devised stage technology winch and hook (he has the multi screen controller on the right of the picture), Martin and Alice programming and operating the lighting board (on James’ left) and Anna remote controlling the sound (bottom left). This is the first time Guildhall has staged Opera in the new Milton Court Theatre and everyone seems very pleased with the results so far. There’s still a week or so to go before opening night (June 11th) so watch this space for updates.
Week 2 of summer term saw the associated studies lighting design course take place with a select group of non technology students, as the final project we visited the barbican centre’s fantastic Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition.
After dressing mannequins in some items borrowed from the wonderful costume store the new lighting cage was set up as an exhibition space which was lit in several styles including Kinky and Catwalk
thanks to Sunny Smith for the pictures
Further to our earlier blog about Simon and his team setting up the pulleys for the hook for the upcoming Opera Double Bill (June 11th – 21st 2014 in Milton Court Theatre), Simon has really put his faith in his team and tested out the system…on himself. The event was captured for posterity by Production Manager Zak McClelland. Congratulations to all involved!
To see the technology in action for yourself please come and see the Baroque Opera Double Bill. Tickets are available here.
Towards the end of the Easter holiday “Transfigured Night”, a Barbican Collaborate project, was performed in the Milton Court Studio Theatre, Set design by Anna Driftmier (BA Design Realisation) and Lighting Design by Jack Weir (BA Theatre Technology). Transfigured Night is the English translation of a classical music arrangement by Schoenberg called Verklärte Nacht.
The piece was set in the middle of estranged woodland, and several full-height trees were scattered across the space, providing a really interesting and unique canvas to light. Classical musicians (also from the school) played as a sextet, and were dimly lit so that the focus was on the two actors who were performing in the space.
The lighting was intentionally dark, with the specific idea of moonlight flooding in from the canopy of the forest. A series of gobo breakups from several different angles created this illusion in more detail, and created an interesting effect on the real leaves that were placed on the floor.
TN was part of Re-formed productions first project, and there are plans for the production to tour to other venues, with a view to develop the concept further. It was a very interesting, and well-received production to have been part of.
Thanks to Anna Driftmier (Photos) and Jack Weir (Text)
In the first week of the summer term students from all pathways collaborated to stage a completely student run production of the musical Songs For A New World in Guildhall’s main Silk Street Theatre. Second year design Realisation student Anna Driftmier made superb use of items that Guildhall has in stock to create a simple yet effective set out of Masking and Steeldeck. Whilst Rory Beaton, a first year Theatre Technology student, made full use of Guildhall’s new moving light stock to design a rig that created some stunning lighting moments.
Performed by Guildhall’s music students and directed by composing student Anna Pool, Songs For A New World was truly a collaborative show, made more impressive by the fact that it was Rigged, Tech’d and Performed all within a 5 day period.
Special mentions have to go to the sound team: third year Production Sound Engineer Anna Newton and second year Sound No. 1 George Lumkin who tackled a troubling combination of on-stage live band and radio microphones with great professionalism. As well as to the Stage Management team, first years Katy Ryan and Tom Jackson who were Stage Manager and DSM respectively, both of who handled there first show at Guildhall with great aplomb.
Obviously it takes many people to put on a great show, and there are many other people who I have missed out on this list, but it just goes to show what Guildhall students can do when they set their minds to it.
2nd Year Technical Theatre Student
Production Manager – Songs For A New World
See Below for some example of Rory’s lighting, Anna’s design and George’s concentration! Thanks to Martin for the photos and text. Also see below for Andrew Stuttard’s (year 1 Theatre Technology) time-lapse of the get out.
As each new production comes along for the new Milton Court venues, so our dedicated team of Lecturers and Students get another mission impossible – “ok, so how do we do that!” Such it is with the upcoming ‘Opera Double Bill’ in the Milton Court Theatre where this week’s goal is to lift one of the cast off the stage (with a hook!), move him sideways and lower him into the trap in the floor. The fully automated flying system in MCT has a powerful and complex system of bars and pulleys (just look up when you’re on stage!) which can do a lot of amazing things, but moving static scenery is one thing, moving a man is another! Stage Technology Lecturer Simon Bond and his team (year 2 students James Stallwood and Mike Woods) have spent the week planning pulleys, wire cable, safe working loads and software programming to ensure that once again, Guildhall Theatre Technology students learn how to achieve a director’s wishes through the safe use of modern technology…and a lot of steel cable! We caught up with them up in the grid at the top of the fly tower…
The steel cable’s then slowly wound onto the drum.
The Opera Double Bill Opens in the Milton Court Theatre on Wednesday 11th June 2014. Get tickets here.