Technical theatre workshop

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Mon 12 Dec at 11am

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Technical Theatre for Non-Technical Creatives

with Alex Fernandes
11am – 1pm

Do you know the difference between a Fresnel and a Profile? Do you know your DMX from your XLR from your TRS? Have you ever been frustrated because you can’t quite put into words the lighting idea in your head? Have you ever gazed up at a vertiginous forest of of dangling lanterns and wished that, just once, its myriad arcane mysteries could be revealed to you?

This workshop is aimed at directors, producers, choreographers, performers, front-of-house managers, festival programmers, and anyone working in the industry who wishes they knew more about the technical side of live performance. Largely focused on lighting, but with some discussion of sound, AV and stage, this crash course in technical basics aims to help you communicate better with venue technicians, designers, and hire companies, as well as develop the confidence needed to have a go yourself, even if it’s just lending that extra hand when it comes to tech time.

You will learn key terminology and jargon, how to identify common pieces of equipment, what sorts of things should go in a Technical Rider or Risk Assessment, and much more. Downloadable resources will be available afterwards, including a glossary of terms, and participants are encouraged to bring specific questions about real-life projects, whether past, present or future.

Alex Fernandes is a freelance lighting designer and production manager. He has designed for and toured with numerous theatre, dance and live art companies, including Made In China, Sleepwalk Collective, None Of Us Is Yet A Robot and Christopher Brett Bailey, and is the Technical Director of Forest Fringe in Edinburgh. When he’s not doing all that, he provides technical support to the Camden People’s Theatre and The Place.

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