Tuesday, 25 March 2025

Welcome



Why hello there!
Welcome to the website of the freelance theatre technician and stage manager Anthony Watson. 
Thank you for coming here, come take a look around.
Feel free to contact me via email at anthony@anthonywatson.com

Sunday, 10 August 2014

John Butler trio brixton LX

A couple of months ago i saw the amazing John butler trio at Brixton acadamy. I was blown away by the music but also the lighting design. It was kept very simple and subtle changes throughout the set. The color choices were chosen well to reflect the themes of the songs. Here are some photos from the gig.


Saturday, 2 August 2014

Lessons of Latitude festival 2014

A couple of weeks ago I spent five days in a field at latitude festival. What's very nice about latitude is that it is more than a music festival more an arts festival. It's a bit like ed fringe but instead if you don't like something you can walk out when ever you want. I was very lucky to go with the wonderful Almeida theatre as technical manager for the show 'last words you here'
As much of a great time I had I did learn some things. Here are my top three lessons.
1) make sure you measure your set:
This was a easy mistake. We had three porter loos as our set. The measurements that were given to us when we bought them were near enough but of course there is the odd centimetre difference which in the grand scheme of things is a big difference. in the measurements we had and the van dimensions it would of all fit. Of course there are things like rails on the side in the van which make it smaller. In the end once we came to the conclusion on a wednesday morning on upper street Islington we decided we could only take one. The PM did a great job sorting it all out and drove to and from Latitude till all three were there. As they were going to be dumped we were going to destroy them to get them back but the lovely organisers of Latitude decided that they would keep them.
2) Tape, tape and more tape:
You can never have enough rolls of tape when your on a site. These items easily go for little walks and a couple of times i was the only one out 5 people coiling cables that had a role on them and on one strike i even forgot the tape so had none to tape the cables.
3) Fun and work can mix:
It is weird that somehow when at a festival you can party to the early hours in the morning, have very little amount of sleep and still be a functioning human the following day. We did combine the two on a nightly bases and have fun and party each night and still have a show that went well and smooth everyday. It was pretty amazing and shocking. We all agreed that in the real world we could not do that and it wouldnt be possible but the magic of a festival saw us through.

I would also like to list the top three things that I saw at Latitude.
1) Scroobius pip, Poetry performance.
2) Young fathers.
3) Josie long.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Find the funny

Find the funny is a term that people use to find the humour in a bad or everyday situation. Im sure you have done this yourself.
I have just finished my last tour of Oily carts 'tube' our third tour of the UK and fourth outing in total. This tour we all seem to agree was our most successful not only in shows but our relationships with each other. Of course there are times on all three tours that things have just all gone tits up at first you just dispair but in the end you just cant help but find the funny and just laugh about it, this tour was no different.
The storys normally come in the form of digs, we all have them in this industry and im sure most of yours are better than mine but this show has created a couple. In honesty we have been lucky with this show that they have been booked for us and are mostly hotels like travlelodge or premier inn's which are fine as you know what your going to get. This tour there was the town of Grimsby, Im sorry to say Grimsby but your not a great town, im not sure what came first the name or the place, I did not see anyone smile in three days. This Hotel was alright very outdated and looked like an office block outside. The carpet looked like the old school orange and brown seats on buses. Nothing out of our digs beat Bolton. When i went into a shop in Bolton and asked what to do round there the reply was 'leave' when in the digs themselves in the middle of the evening we discovered there was someone else staying there, we were not told. When we came home one afternoon we discovered a very large man without his top on sitting on the sofa watching tennis. Thats just the start of Bolton.
We had one show were at the end we had literally been defeated by six autistic children, the cast collapsed onto the floor and nearly fell asleep 30 seconds after the last child left. I ended up acting as security for the musician and it was just mental, I hope one day I will write more about that crazy show.
One theme that runs throughout all these situations is that we couldn't believe it at the time but we found the funny in each situation and had a laugh about it sometimes quicker than others.
Just remember that when it all goes to pot and it seems like its all going wrong just remember to take a deep breath and laugh.

Monday, 7 April 2014

The rest of the trip.

My last post i wrote on the plane and posted a month later as im completely useless at the whole writing posts thing. I will keep going but i wanted to do a follow up to that post about the rest of the trip out there.
So on the first morning after landing i woke up unintentilly early so got myself ready and wanted to go and explore and thought the first place to see would be the grand mosque. I had a little look up about it and couldnt quite figure out when it opened or how the best way to get there was so went downstairs and asked the nice man by the door with the title of concierge. He asked me to follow him and before i knew it i had a cab in front of me and the door opened and i was put in and sent off. After a 20min drive i arrived at this beautiful building known as the grand mosque. This was a stunning and peaceful building that was very white with these lovely inserted tiles of flowers. I was there for quite some time and felt very relaxed after. Once back at the hotel I headed to the beach which was very empty. So from there onto work. We arrived at this school were there was plenty of people to help us set up.
This was how it was for the week, whatever we needed there was plenty of people to assist us in the work. It was great and very welcoming, there was plenty of food provided and it was always very tasty. All the shows we did out there went very well and had some great responses from the children, carers and teachers they took the show into there own. We was in two schools, first being in Abu Dhabi and the second in Al Ain which is part of the state of Abu Dhabi and about an hour and a half drive from the main city.
Im not really talking about the work this time but about the trip. A couple of interesting things happened in Al Ain.
First off when arriving in the hotel we very quickly picked up and the difference of treatment between men and women but not how you expect. The only female of the group had the room that looked over the swimming pool, it had fruit bowl and chocolate dipped strawberries, the men had the view that looked over the carpark and no extra's.
The second story from the hotel was that one night due to calling back to the UK and the time difference was that i tried to stay awake till midnight, unfortunately i drifted off for a little. I awoke and im not quite sure why what made me wake up but i woke up and turn round to see a man standing in my room.
Now this would be a perfect cliff hanger point if it was the end of a HBO episode or a chapter in a book but alas it is a blog. It took me about ten seconds to realise what was going on in my head i was coming back into focus the brain was waking up and going, right this is a hotel room, yes there is a man standing in the room, this is not normal, he is wearing a hotel uniform, no he does not look like he is going to hurt me. After that 10 seconds I then screamed and jumped out the bed. He asked if i rung reception to ask for slippers and bath soap, which i had not. Once talking about this with him i shook his hand and sent him off, I never complained because if i had this guy would of been sacked and sent back to India and i could not have done that to someone.
We was also very lucky to be taken on safari. A landrover turned up and took us out to the desert. We drove for about forty minuets before we turned off took the air out of the tyres and started dune bashing. We drove for a while before stopping to have a stroke of some camels and of course photo opportunity then a little more driving before arriving at a camp for food and entertainment. It was great there as we went sand boarding and quad biking through the desert.
The trip broke all my expectations of the country and they are a very friendly and kind city. The work was fantastic and overall was a great experience.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Catch up

I originally wrote this on the plane o. 28 Feb and have only got round to posting. 



Yes I'm terrible at keeping this blog updated going. The last few months, heck even the year has been insane. I've spoken on here about my work on Oily Carts tube, which right at this moment is taken me further away from the UK to Abu Dhabi. I'm currently on the flight heading there a country that is hotter in March thank it is in the UK summer. A country where it has a different belief system and moral code. The furthest out of the UK I have been is to Sweden. This is the biggest plane I have been on. For a 26 year old I am not well traveled and I suppose have lived a sheltered life in that way. I feel very privileged to have this opportunity to be payed to go to another country and it is something I have dreamed of for a long time. Oily cart are a truly wonderful company that make fantastic productions and I feel lucky to be working with them. 
I have no idea what this little adventure will hold but I'm looking forward to finding out and exploring. 

Last year I had some great opportunities and worked on some great productions towards the end of last year. I've continued to work with half moon including touring London again with road safety show 'more important things' and continuing to work on there receiving shows. 
Also I continued my work with GABA including the arts festival at Phoenix based on the seasons and heading to a school in Tottenham to work on a project to do with hospitals. I love working on projects with special needs children it is very rewarding experience and much more fun. 

Towards the end of last year I worked on a project that I was lucky to work with in such a different venue. The show was from the very talented magician Nick Einhorne and performed at the magic circle. We spent a week in the venue and took Nicks vision for a full stage show and turned it into a reality. Even though I was very close to the project and the tricks I am still not sure how all of them are done and that was one of the pleasures of working on the show, still at every performance I was still being amazed and shocked at some of the tricks. Even the tricks I did know how they were done still felt amazing every night when it went right and the audience reactions are what we set out to achieve. This was something that I production managed and feel incredibly proud of, it was a very technical show with lots of video and projection but it worked well after ironing out the minor problems. I do hope the show returns as it means a lot to me and had a great time. 

The year is off to a good start already and I hope my blogging gets back up to speed and more regular. Till next time, goodbye my friends.