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The Green Room / Re: Kay
« on: Nov 16, 2016, 07:16 am »
Chiming in with another big THANK YOU KAY! I've been on this site for 4 or 5 years now, almost daily - and it's always such a great resource!


Stage Management: Other / Re: Blocking Notation for Opera
« on: Nov 03, 2016, 12:15 pm »

As with everything, it depends!

- If you're working as an SM on the book, or DSM, then yes - specific blocking notation
- If you're working as an ASM, or Deck SM, then no - just Ent and Ex is usually fine. However, if you have any Supernumeraries, I'd suggest having their blocking written down, as they can be replaced/covered at short notice.
- Some SMs ask their ASMs to have blocking down as well, to help with other blocking questions, or to help them ensure busy scenes have been covered by Stage Management in general.

Hope that helps!


Tools of the Trade / Re: Should an ASM have their kit?
« on: Oct 18, 2016, 08:41 am »
I have two answers to this:

- At some point (presumably) you'll ask for your first call, or be given it. I'd use this to reply/ask 'is there anything you'd like me to bring'? Then you've asked a question, without assuming they are unprepared/stupid/etc.

- My kit is pretty handy ( in Medium), so I just take it with me. Then I know I have everything I need!


Introductions / Re: A Quick Introduction
« on: Oct 15, 2016, 03:22 pm »

D'oh!  :o  ;)

Go outside, turn around three times, spit on the floor, knock on the door and ask to be let back in! And hope that no-one heard you!

Introductions / Re: This is me.
« on: Oct 11, 2016, 06:10 am »
Hi Lauren!

Welcome to SMNetwork!

I'm currently working for Wexford Opera Festival - I'm happy to help with anything you have relating to Ireland/the UK.


The Hardline / Re: Name change?
« on: Oct 04, 2016, 12:35 pm »
I'd also be interested in people who have had a name change in British Equity!

The Hardline / Re: Calling a show for heat
« on: Aug 18, 2016, 11:57 am »
This won't answer your question in the slightest...

In the UK, temperature in the workplace must be 16 deg Celsius (or 13 for 'rigorous physical effort) or higher by law. There is no upper temperature, but the employer/company "has a duty to determine what reasonable comfort will be in the particular circumstances."

Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: Rail cues
« on: Jun 14, 2016, 05:26 pm »
Actually, I'm more likely to use "Rail"...because "Flys" and "Lights" can sound similar. Let alone if you have "Mics" to call.

I use 'LX' for Electrics and 'Sound' for Sound cues....never had to say 'Mics' before!

Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: Rail cues
« on: Jun 12, 2016, 07:53 pm »
N.B. In the UK, Rail=Flys

It depends what the flys staff need. Sometimes it's just a case of Standby Fly Q6....Fly Q6 Go. Sometimes it's much more descriptive, e.g. Standby Fly Q6 which is Full Black and Castle Gauze Out over 30 seconds.....Fly Q6 Go. That's normally for a one-off event show though, if there's any more than 'three' performances I'd expect Flys to work it out themselves, same as with any other department.


Tools of the Trade / Re: Kit Usage Statistics
« on: May 19, 2016, 07:06 am »
Could I add a suggestion? Could we bold items that are added/increased with each post, to show what has been changed?

Tools of the Trade / Re: Kit Usage Statistics
« on: May 17, 2016, 11:29 am »
bandaids- 30
binder clips- 2
blister plasters - 2
chewing gum - 30
contact solution - 3 uses
costume tape measure - 2
curvi grips / bobby pins - 20
deoderant - 3
eyeglass repair kit- 1
Hair ties - 5
hand fan - 30
highlighters - 6
holepunch - 3
Fork - 1
lighter - 1 (birthday cake)
candles - 6
Pain Killers/ibuprofen - 12
paperclips - 20
Pencil - 3
pencil sharpener - 3
Sewing Needle - 1
Sharpie - 6
stapler - 6
Stopwatch - 1
superglue- 3

I have a lot of people in my rehearsal room at the moment...

EDIT: Added US name for "curvi grips" as I'd never heard the term before. - K

Employment / Re: Dubai Opera Job Postings
« on: Apr 20, 2016, 06:26 am »

Point #4 - homosexuality. Preface: I am not gay, but I am a huge gay activist. I work in the arts, for Christ's sake. If you are not accepting of most everyone, you are in the wrong business, right? With that said, I know and work with many gay people here in Dubai. While it is technically "haram" to be gay, it really doesn't ...stop people. It's just something you don't flaunt to the world. Let's put it this way -- a heterosexual couple has to withhold from public displays of affection. Kissing, dancing too close, cuddling, etc... is not really accepted in public, regardless of sexual preference. Things like that are strictly for closed doors. Honestly, you don't want to get pregnant while not married or you could get into some serious trouble.

Thanks for your very in-depth reply to everyone's questions. However, I would like to point out that while I said I was part of the LGBT community, I didn't say I was gay....focus on the T part!

Employment / Re: Dubai Opera Job Postings
« on: Apr 19, 2016, 07:49 am »
Thanks, I don't think I'll go any further then! It's not worth the hassle and the fear for me!


Employment / Re: Dubai Opera Job Postings
« on: Apr 18, 2016, 05:29 pm »
I am a little afraid to apply - as a woman and as a westerner. Can you speak to this a bit, since you are currently working in the region?

Also, as someone in the LGBT community (and it's quite visually obvious), I'd be interested in your response to this.

YES! My bobble goes everywhere with me! Water quality isn't an issue in this country, but it really does help me to drink more water throughout the day!

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