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Hornchurch, Essex, United Kingdom
26 year old Theatre Person, who hopes to one day become a fully fledged lighting designer. Currently living and working in Hornchurch at the lovely Queens Theatre (yes i know that implies i live at the theatre, it's meant to).I'm a Traveller of many roads including Canada, Germany and Namibia. I love Reading, Dissecting Films, Writing Plays, Angleing Lights, Levelling Sounds, Creating Photographs (when drunk and sober) Playing Guild Wars/Sims 3 and going out with my friends! I have an unrivalled passion for Kimi Raikkonen and motor sports in general.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

How's about this then...

I thought those of you who don't work in theatre might be interested in my running list. As sound no. 2 I look after microphones and fix pit band issues, but I also do scene changes...

Jack and the beanstalk  
Switch on stage and pit rings Power on pit;
u 13a power
u Keys
u Corg
u  TV Monitors
Power on racks and laptop ~open wsm
Battery up mics
Flash out mics with snd no.1
Check beanstalk is connected to battery.
Put smoke machine in oven
Set pyro on oven, keep key.
Position cables for act 1
Handout mics  

Act One
Give pit beginners
u Greg
u Nick
u Chris
u Tash
Strike shadow truck cables after lx out
Page SL rainbow truck  

Scene change 1 (purple marks)  
As cloth flies in clear SL masking
Strike groundrows out of space
USL truck - flap back to its catch ~ SL wing
MSL truck ~ SL wing
DSL truck ~ SL wing
Help pull windmill truck DS past its marks ~ wiggle it so the cloth doesn't catch
Bolt windmill truck with ASM 2
Reset ground rows CS marks ~ give clear to ASM 1
Set SL masking
Shuffle SL trucks for ease of movement.
Tidy ground row cable US of units  

After slosh  
Receive Sean's wig in washing up bowel and hand towel
PFL Mark's Mic      

After Mark's entrance  
Unbolt windmill.  

Scene change 2 (green marks)  
Clear SL masking
Strike ground rows out of space
Move to SR rear of windmill ~ space
USL village ~ marks
MSL village ~ marks
DSL village ~ marks
Ground rows ~ marks
Give clear to ASM 1 for BP/ call in BP
Set USR smoke machine @ join between trucks  

Beanstalk sequence  
Set ladders with Alison in MSR truck.
Stand by on beanstalk line in case it catches
Clear ladders for Alison entrance
*dame enters* Bungee off ladders to truck
Stand by behind beanstalk truck
Prepare to catch Alison if she falls off the ladder.  

Interval change (blue marks)
Move smoke machine to USR position and bolt
Fold beanstalk
Shuffle space
u pivot windmill truck DS
u giants kitchen out
u windmill truck to back of space
u set cloud land
u plug up castle truck USL hot power
u set ground rows  

Act 2 Beginners  
Give pit beginners
u Greg
u nick
u Chris
u tash
u Ali H
Dress ground row cables DS of units    

Scene change 3 (orange marks)  
Start SR side
Page cloth over cloud trucks
unbolt 2x cloud trucks CS
Flip up offstage treads SR cloud truck
Strike ground rows ~fold back into space blocking fire exits
Unplug castle truck and strike ~ space
Rostra ~ space
Cloud trucks ~ space
MSR portal flat (from next to SR props trolley) slide on from on stage, orange bungee
MSL portal flat (from back of DSL village truck) slide on from offstage behind cloth, orange bungee
Plug up oven truck (13a and pyro) from USR portal
Give pyromkey to dsm
Strike DSL rainbow truck as cloth flies  

After fight scene  
Strike saucepan to USL fire exit
Unplug oven and set back
Set dungeon truck  

Scene change 4 (yellow marks)  
Strike flour truck as cloth flies
MSL portal flat ~ SL wing (in front of dollys)
MSR portal flat ~ SR wing (next to props trolley)
Gauge whether ASM's need help with trucks.
Counting house truck from SL wing ~ SR marks (bolt)
3x SR flats in front of truck (coins - bags - bag)
Candleabras from SL (in front of tool box) ~ MSR or MSL marks
Plug up candleabras from USL and USR portals
Page dungeon truck off DSL
Set up shadow LX DSL, next to haze machine DSL portal, (plug up so that cables run smoothly)
Shuffle space to make room for giants door.  

Scene change 5 (green marks)  
Strike bookflat as cloth flies ~ SL wing
Unbolt counting house truck Strike 3x flats onto counting house truck
Strike counting house truck ~ SL wing *BEWARE GIANT + CHICKEN*
USL village truck ~ marks
MSL village truck ~ marks
DSL village truck ~ marks
Set Ground rows
Set cables US of shadow truck
On "scene change complete" assume the position SR of shadow truck.
Strike shadow box SL FAST on LX out.
RUN US and cross behind USL village truck to SR Standby on beanstalk line
USR SMQ 10 pull on line until beanstalk is SR ~ drop with sound effect.
Return to SL set ground row cables US of units  

Scene change 6 (grey marks)  
Clear SL masking
Strike ground rows out of space
USL village truck ~ SL wing
MSL village truck ~ SL wing
DSL village truck ~ SL wing
Hold rainbow flat while ASM's release she-ra sticks ~ lay off to wall.
Help set up US cloud rostra
Shuffle space to access large she-ra truck ~ set on marks USC
set ground rows Call in BP ~ page past castle truck Plug up castle truck
Set SL kids ~ send on as cloth flies    

Stand-by to page show cloth if needed.  

End of act 2  
Power off racks, laptop.
Power off pit
u keys
u corg
u check acoustic 2's unplugged.
u switch off 13a power
Collect in mics.
Turn off trips for pit and stage
Put smoke machine on charge in SM office
Charge beanstalk battery from USR portal hot power using charger.

Well there you go. Panto on paper. And barely mentioning gangnam style.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I will possibly one day be a terrible parent.

All I want to do when someone I love is stumbling with something is do it for them / instruct them how to do it.
I dunno why, I hope it comes from a good place.
But god does it not help when teaching your work colleague who is also your boyfriend your stage plot.
It was easier last year for he was not my boyfriend.
It's weird, I almost get anxiety over seeing someone struggle.
Must be my daddy issues.


Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Hey world!

So here I am yet again with a brand new device that might mean I blog more.

Fingers crossed eh?

Panto is hard. I'd heard that Jack was the hardest set shifting wise, but that's been compounded by the addition of the ground rows on lil trucks. These bastards have too be struck and reset in every scene change, which is utterly ruining my back. Add to this a high speed BIG change whereby have to strike a difficult truck so the kids don't run straight into it and then avoid hitting the 12ft giant (if I knocked him over the guy inside would probably break both his legs). It hard hard work.

But hey!it's Pete's birthday tomorrow and I'm sooooooo looking forward to seeing his face when he opens his present!

Here's Buttercup, planking.