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The Green Room / BBC Documentary - Opening ceremony 2012
« on: Jul 31, 2016, 06:36 pm »

Not sure if this will be accessible to anyone outside of the UK, it's on the BBC iPlayer. The documentary is mostly about the volunteer performers, but also looks at the technical and creative aspects. We get to hear the showcaller cueing the Red Arrows, James Bond and HM The Queen!

The Green Room / Sleeping in your theatre
« on: Mar 11, 2013, 11:09 am »
I had a stage run for my doubled cast this morning and we open tonight, so I've got a long gap in between shows. I'm going to walk out for some fresh air, but also asked colleagues where was a good place in the building to take a nap.

There's a foam mattress on the fly floor which was suggested, but maybe the green room sofa would be better.

Where do you nap in your theatre ?


The Green Room / 'Young Apprentice' UK, Propping
« on: Nov 20, 2012, 12:39 pm »
I'm not sure if readers based outside of the UK will be able to watch this online, but the latest issue of the UK TV show 'Young Apprentice' had the contestants set a task to obtain props, ostensibly for the English National Opera. It's pretty unrealistic, as their budget seems to be huuuuuuuge, and they are chauffeured around London rather than shlepping around on the tube, and they don't have access to the internet, only the Yellow Pages and mobile phones, but it's worth a giggle.

Disclaimer : I didn't watch the whole programme as the contestants seem to spend more time arguing and blaming each other for failure than they do actually sourcing props. Maybe they need to spend a bit of time in theatre learning what teamwork is !


Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / PROPS : Biscuits
« on: Apr 19, 2012, 10:03 am »
I'm ASMing on a production of 'Vieux Carré' by Tennessee Williams, in the UK, and came across a slightly odd props query. The script refers to a character bringing in a coffee tray and talking about 'hot coffee and cold biscuits'. Now I know that in the US, biscuits are more like what we in the UK would refer to as scones, and what we call biscuits, you would call cookies. (There's a useful pic at ).

Having done some research, I can't figure out if the same terminology was used when the play was set (1938/39). Does anyone here know, or have you worked on the play ?

Many thanks

The Green Room / Pavlovian Response ?
« on: Dec 03, 2011, 12:57 pm »
Amazing how stressful bits of shows get ingrained in your subsconscious - my choice of music listening at home is generally classical, and I often tune into Classic FM (UK commercial radio-station playing the lighter end of the classical repertoire). Today whilst doing some chores I found myself feeling distinctly edgy, as if there was something vitally important I should be doing right then and there.

Only after a few moments of wondering if I'd missed an appointment or someone's birthday did I realise that playing on the radio was a waltz which had been used in play I worked on a couple of years ago, and during the track we had about 1m30s to get 5 actors round from the USR exit, across the foyer to the auditorium L entrance, and quick-change them into balldresses with hoop skirts, gloves and jewellery.

Quite a relief when I realised it was just a reaction to the music !


Please does anyone have an electronic script for 'Deep Blue Sea' by Terence Rattigan ?

Many thanks

Tools of the Trade / Prop Drinks : Port
« on: Feb 27, 2010, 05:23 am »
Does anyone have a good recipe for mixing a port replacement to be drunk onstage, please ? I've tried with blackcurrant cordial, but it just comes out too 'weak' looking, and port is a very dense colour.

Many thanks

Tools of the Trade / Laptop Recommendations ?
« on: Jan 06, 2010, 01:59 pm »
Dear All

I need a new laptop. *Sigh*. I have been researching til I'm blue in the face, about different brands, ram/hard disc size, processor speed, blah blah blah - now I think I've reached information overload, and can't make a decision !

I know computers are highly personal - what one person hates another loves; what one finds indespensible, another couldn't care less about, but can anyone make a recommendation for whatever laptop they currently own ? I'd be most grateful.

BTW, without wishing to stir up the customary hornet's nest, I'm definitely going for PC rather than Mac.

Best regards

Accentuated formatting -kmc307

SMNetwork Archives / 1880s Prompt Books Online
« on: Mar 27, 2009, 07:11 pm »
The Victoria & Albert Museum in London has made a selection of original prompt and blocking books from the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company productions of Gilbert & Sullivan's comic operas available online at

Apart from a distinct lack of LX and sound cues, they don't seem that dissimilar to modern versions !


Tools of the Trade / Luminescent Liquid Effect
« on: Apr 04, 2008, 07:26 am »
A bit of a weird question :

A friend who direct shows for a few local amateur/community companies, has been asked by a friend (yes, I know, it’s all “He said”, “She said”), about using a combination of chemical liquids to produce a luminescent/fluorescent effect on stage.

The chemicals are “phenyl ester with a fluorescent dye and hydrogen peroxide”, and they hope to have an actor holding a bowl with one of them (a clear liquid) in, and another actor pour the second (also a clear liquid) into it, and it miraculously become luminescent.

Given the case going through the UK courts at the moment which involved the proposed use of hydrogen peroxide for explosive purposes, I’m inclined to suggest they run screaming from the whole idea – not least because buying the stuff might raise eyebrows – but aside from that, has anyone ever seen such an effect used on stage ? Or anything similar ? Or does anyone know enough about it to say if it’s a good idea or not ? Or can suggest a safe way of producing such an effect ?

Many thanks

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