Arriving at the Adelphi Building, outside the University of Salford, it felt good to be back at my old space where I did my three years of studying Performance and Theatre. Reaching the top floor of the building and entering room AC 221, the large rehearsal space and where the workshop for Stage Management was being held by Shannon Stoneham.
Mentor: Shannon Stoneham
Shannon Stoneham is a northern based theatre producer and director and has been involved in a number of theatre projects, big and small and has many experience and is respected in the theatre world.
Shannon workshop was a full, detailed insight on the role of a Stage Manager and the different roles and approaches in creating a theatre show from script to stage. Everything we needed to know in producing a play from understanding the subject of the piece, how much would it cost to perform, gathering cast and crew, where the performance would be held, costume, rehearsals, how to get funding and props and how to organise a budget. Everything that was key in bringing a piece together was all covered with Shannon giving examples of working in that environment and what to expect from each rehearsal or experience.
Shannon brought in a scrapbook filled with drawings and photos of sets from shows she had managed and the preparation that was involved as well as notes and critiques from each rehearsal. She also brought in a collection of miniature set designs.
Lighting+ Health & Safety
Mentor: Mark Creamer
Mark Creamer is a skilled lighting and sound engineer who works at the University as well as being a key team member of the 24:7 Theatre Festival.
Creamer's workshop was based around an insight look of what a lighting technician includes as well as the importance of Health and Safety of every performance. Like Shannon, Mark gave us a detailed insight into working as a lighting technician from working with the director in how communication is key in deciding the correct colour pallet and lighting style for a particular scene.
Next we looked at Health & Safety and how it was important to look out for everyone on team and make and write stage evaluations, pointing out hanzards on and behind the stage so it wouldn't cause harm to the performer of the audience. It was also the Stage Mananger job to agree if the action was safe or not and had the power to deny the action to happen on stage unless there was an alternative like portraying fire on stage.