Work Experience – Week Eight

Sarah

Day Two

I got into the theatre this morning at 10am and went to the back stage area where Emily and I spoke with the chief electrician about the lighting on stage and in the auditorium discussing the fly decks and all the different power supplies located under the stage. We took a look at the sound and lighting decks and which switches worked what. As Harrogate Theatre is a mainly a receiving theatre they are sent specific plans from touring companies about what lighting and sound they want. On several occasions the lighting and sound will have to be adapted to all the touring groups requirements this can be very simple however some can be more complex and this obviously takes longer. After looking at some of the plans that the theatre are sent the work we did yesterday became much clearer.

We were then taken to do some ushering for the first festival performance of the day after receiving our badges we made our way to the circle and greeted people as they made there way to their seats. This was pretty straight forward and no difficulties arose. All that was left for us to do was enjoy the performance. When the show had finished we took to our stations and showed people where to exit making sure there were no problems.

After lunch we then ushered for the second performance, this time working in the stalls. We showed people to their seats and then sat down at the lighting/sound station with one of the technicians and peered over at what he was doing at what points. This wasn’t that exciting as the performance was a very basic one with lights up and down and a few volume changes throughout. After showing people out after the performance we said bye to the other ushers and then sat down to write ours blogs.

Another good day at the theatre and much more relaxing than yesterday.

Emily

Day Two

I got to the theatre for 10am this morning and met Sarah.  We were taken straight through to have a chat with the chief technician backstage.  We spoke with the chief electrician about the lighting on stage and in the auditorium discussing the fly decks and all the different power supplies located under the stage. We looked at the places where the sound and lighting were and were told what switches controlled what lights and sounds, it was very confusing.  Harrogate Theatre is a mainly a receiving theatre so they are sent specific plans from touring companies about what lighting and sound they want. On several occasions the lighting and sound will have to be adapted to all the touring groups requirements this can be very simple however some can be more complex and this obviously takes longer. After looking at the wires and plans, the things we did yesterday became a lot clearer and less confusing.  Our last activity before our break was ushering for the first festival performance of the day, after receiving our badges we made our way to the circle and greeted people as they made there way to their seats.  When the show finished we opened for doors and led the audience to the exits.  After lunch we then ushered again for the second performance, once again we showed the people to their seats, but this time we sat at the back of the circle at the lighting/sound station.  Not many things had to be done as it was a simple performance but it was still very interesting and different to sit there.  Once again it was a very interesting and active day at the Theatre.

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