As part of their first year of study all our technical theatre students are introduced to as much of the London theatre world as possible with various trips to shows throughout the year and tours of the technical aspects of the venues. Last week the Theatre Technology pathway first years were given a very informative guided tour of the National Theatre on the South Bank. The tour covered all four venues at the site with informative technical commentary from Mike Walker and Tim Middleton (Technical Managers at the National Theatre…both of whom are Guildhall Alumni!). The students got to see all the various sound, video and lighting aspects with insight into the extensive technical infrastructure that links the site together. Huge Thank You to Mike and Tim for their time, patience and willingness to pass on their extensive knowledge!
We are proud to announce that recent Guildhall graduate Max Narula has been awarded the prestigious Michael Northen Bursary Award and current year 3 Theatre Technology student Jack Weir received the ETC Award for runner up.
The MNB Press release… “Max Narula, a student at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, has won this year’s Michael Northen Bursary (MNB), picking up a £500 cash award at a special presentation at PLASA London today. The Bursary is awarded annually to a student or recent graduate who has demonstrated strong, imaginative and creative lighting designs. It is organised by the Association of Lighting Designers, a professional body representing lighting designers in the live performance industry. Northen was both a former Chairman and President of the ALD and the first credited lighting designer in the UK. Each year an award of £500 is presented to a young lighting designer who has shown excellence in the field of lighting design. The project must be a performance-based lighting design in or out of the college environment. Two runner-up prizes of £250 each are also presented: an ETC sponsored award, and the ALD-sponsored Francis Reid Award.
£500 Michael Northen Bursary The Michael Northen Bursary of £500, went to Max Narula, a student at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, who also picked up a year’s premium membership to Stage Jobs Pro and a copy of Michael Northen’s autobiography. The judges commented: This was an extremely impressive and comprehensive submission, ticking all the boxes, and more! Simply, Max’s passion and skills were at the forefront throughout his entry. He displayed a great work ethic, demonstrating a good solid CV, with clear professional development and progression throughout his studies.
£250 ETC Award for runner up This was awarded to Jack Weir, also a student at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. The judges said: Jack submitted a particularly impressive and concise entry, with great images and notation, and demonstrated an impressive realisation of his work. The entry really did take the judges on a journey into his development, and gave us a great insight into his own processes behind each of his submitted designs. It was particularly Jack’s concise approach and passion that stood out to the panel. Through his clear paperwork and lighting plans, alongside great imagery, Jack clearly demonstrated a clean and particularly stylistic approach.”
Last week was ‘True Dare Kiss’ (which is now open in the Milton Court Studio Theatre), this week we’re in Tech rehearsals for the Autumn drama double bill – ‘South Downs’ and ‘The Browning Version’. Incorporating innovative lighting, sound and stage automation in the Milton Court Theatre these two short plays tell different stories about life in boys’ grammar schools at various points during the last century.
The photo below shows the automation desk (on the left, operated by year 2 student Tom Salmon) and the sound desk (on the right, controlled by year 2 students Rhodri Evans and Kat Mercer, with Sound Design by year 3 student Mike Woods).
Below we see the automation desk again (on the right) and the lighting desk (on the left, operated by year 2 student Mat Nelson, mentored by Theatre Technology alumni (and award winning!) Max Nerula).
Below we can see some of the ‘school’ lighting effects designed by external lighting designer Mark Howland.
Tickets for ‘South Downs / The Browning Version’ can be bought here.
The first production of the new academic year ‘True Dare Kiss’ is now well into technical rehearsals with the first dress rehearsals planned for the end of the week. Both Sound and Lighting have been designed for this very busy show by year three students Neville Billimoria (Sound) and Jack Weir (Lighting) as part of their final year allocations. The operator roles are filled by year 2 students who are learning how to programme their various consoles and work with stage management to produce a successful performance. Performances for this play start next week, while the production crew move into the Milton Court Theatre for the Drama Double Bill that starts tech rehearsals next week! More on that soon…
Tickets for this production can be bought here.