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Monday, 30 September 2013
Its once you get to the hotel after which i find the hardest. I spend the daytime at work so by the time i get back i have no time to go explore where i am as everything is closed. The cast im not particularly close to as when it comes to getting back to were we are staying we go our separate ways and i find this point a very lonely experience. its these points, the times when your on your own for the whole night the most horrible part of touring.
Tonight as i was video calling my girlfriend eating a hotel room diner. Slightly off point thats a blog post on its own, How to have dinners and breakfasts in a hotel room! So eating my dinner of cuppa soup and two bread rolls and seeing her dinner of chicken dippers and potato smiley stars that i broke into tears as i had one of the most depressing dinners in the world and her one of the most awesome. im a sucker for a kids style dinner i bloody love them. Ive even gone and taken a walk around the town and found that all the students are having a great time and i just don't have the confidence to stroll into a bar and try and meet some people. So back to this lovely hotel room i came and put on a great album, A artist that understands the road and the ups and downs that comes with it. The tour is not only of a show but also of the travlelodges of great briton.
I suppose this blog is a bit of a rant but i need to get it off of my chest and kind of reach out to something in the world.
I just sometimes find this an incredibly hard experience one that would be much better if i was touring with people i was really good friends with. In the end theatre is not the big glamorous world everyone thinks it is, it is a terrible cruel beast to.
Now listening to:
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Thursday, 5 September 2013
Once i agreed i meet the company on the first day of rehearsals and then it was full spring into the production.
As any true production manager i took charge of the budget and scheduling. I found out about the money i had which was a small amount which struck fear into me wondering if it was even possible to do it on this type of money. As any responsible person to do was to create a very organise excel spreadsheet. After day one i was very proud of my spreadsheet. Color coded tabs, sums, headers, It was all very nice looking and i could start to stop panicking just a little.
I got a final design from Holly and as we headed to the new rehearsal space we agreed with the space that we could use there workshop to build the set and bring the design together. Final rehearsals happened the week after the construction day. This meant that they had an actual finished set for the final rehearsal and run through rehearsals.
So by the point of arriving at the get in day at the Arcola theatre we were very prepared. I full set all props, lighting, projection all ready. By 6PM we handed over a tidy finished space over to the director to have a full run through with every element of the show.
I felt very proud of getting to this point, especially as we still had two days until we opened.
Im very happy and proud of how this production has gone, its been very smooth and incredibly well. Ive received very good feedback from my employers and the company. I think mostly because i came £1000 under budget!
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Wednesday, 3 July 2013
The other day when taking a quick five minuet brake we were doing the standard swapping stories of work, this happens alot in theatre. We work all over the place and do so many different shows and meet all types of people. One person was telling us that they sometimes do some work as a meet and great frontman, this involves looking after celebrities at events and tv shows and just telling them that they look great and they did a fabulous job and make sure every demand is met. The tale they were retelling us was from a couple of weeks ago when they went on one of these jobs and it was to work of the now reformed pop group steps and it was there first public experience since the announcement of the reform. She claimed that she never knew who they were as she is an auzzie.
Now before I carrie on this is my confession that have to make. Back when I was ten so some thirteen years ago I was a pop fan, I used to really like bands like steps
And s club seven I can't not admit it, it's my past. It wasn't until I hit the end of year nine that my music tastes changed when I become a grungier and got heverly into punk and metal music. Anyway I used to like pop music and I thought over the years I thought I had compressed all these thoughts into a small part right at the back of my brain.
Let me carry on.
So as we stood there being told that she did not know who they were me and the other technician turned round and went 'really how can you not know who they are, they were massive about ten years ago' and the techie next to me said that there were three girls and two guys. The person who was originally telling the story named one of the girls in the group but got it wrong, at that point that information of my past that I thought I had compressed so small and put into the back of my brain came rushing to the front out of no we're and not only shocked the two people I was with but also myself as I just came out with the five names of the people who were in steps. There as a split second within myself where I was proud of myself that could remember that, then it hit the embarrassment that not only that I remembered that but I said it out loud, what was I thinking any cool points and man points I had (and that was very many to begin with) very quickly disappeared. As I looked at the other two people there mouths on the floor with the exclamation of they couldn't believe I just came out with that.
I guess what I'm trying to say no matter how hard you try your past always creeps up on you.
The tour has had its good days and bad days but what has been most important is the feedback we have had from the show and how fantastic and positive it has been. It makes me feel very lucky about what i have been involved with and what difference it makes.
Tube is from Oily Cart it is a completly multi sensory show, three versions are on tour. We have a PMLD (profound and multiple learning difficulties , ASD (Autistic spectrum) and Baby. Each show is developed for its audience and Oily cart are very good at knowing what really works for there audiences and what needs to happen to make every show special for its audiences no matter there ability. I feel very lucky to be working with a very talented group of people who are very good at creating these experiences.
The problems that have arisen over the tour have been easy to solve and with such a great team behind myself and the cast make this tour easy. This is not a bad thing they provide such positive support throughout the process weather they are with us in a venue or school or the other side of the country in Oily HQ.
Also what makes this a pleasurable experience is when we visit a school is how warmly received into the school and how happy they are for us to be there, they understand the type of show we provide and how much they know there pupils will enjoy it.
As much as i am ready for a little break from the tour i will miss the experience and can not wait to get back to it in the autumn.
There has been many moments that i will not forget. Especially a certain moment were i had a child eat my hair!
Well i feel i should explain this more. This was at the Unicorn theatre it was a sunday ASD performance. We had a group and one boy came into the room and was a bit distressed he ran into the corner and the nature of the show i thought i would try to get him involved with some of the interactivity. Next thing i know my head is getting pushed down, smelt and suddenly chewed apon. His carer stopped him and apologised. I in honesty found it strange but very, very funny. Theres not many moments in life where you can say at work i had my hair eaten.
I really do hope i can continue my work with oily cart in the future, they are a fantastic company with great productions.
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Saturday, 2 March 2013
The thought of what is it like to go through depression and it being like a cloud that hangs over you. What is like to put yourself inside the mind of an accidental physiatrist. Does everything really happen and is laid out for you if you like it or not. Did the holocaust have to happen to make the Jewish faith what it has become today? This is a lot of heavy thinking that I am yet to fully map out and understand in my head and probably take a while.
I have been bought in to lighting design a rehearsal and development piece for a new writing called Conundrum written by Paul Anthony Morris. I am spending the week in the bush theatre studio space to explore the writing more and what light can bring to this mindset. Looking at drawings the Paul had made about this inner circle and negative space I absorbed this and the script to produce a design that reflected this ideology.
The design I created starts with a slight gradient of light as its biases and with a bright white circle to resemble that inner mindset and world. With a in depth conversation I had with Paul we looked at setting scenes with abstract colors. There are a few scenes that are set in a park so for this we will use green and for a physiatrist office a white will be used to show the clean and bright environment that we associate with this. Its interesting to start thinking of how colors can be associated with areas and mindset. Looking at the mindset of voices talking to you I was looking at pastille colors and settled on a pastille purple as I felt this scene was quite calming but I used a pastille pallet as it makes the color look a bit more vague and cloudy to symbolize what it is like to be in that mindset. It is hard to you’re your mind to start focusing on the mind over location. You start to ask yourself questions like what color’s do you associate with a nightmare? What color do you associate with depression? Even to the extent of what color do associate with days of the week. I find myself even questioning the color’s associated with
It is always interesting to be in an environment with many people who are so creative and intelligent bringing there experiences and knowledge together to create this piece and develop it to the next level. It really opens your mind to a wider world. It becomes a pleasure, especially that you know that not many people have these opportunity’s to be payed to be in the presence of these kind of minds, to be in a room with someone who can make notes and map on the tone range of your voice is unbelievable. I feel honored to be part of work like I have been.