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RSC Big Backstage Week-end (17th & 18th Feb 2018)

The RSC is running another week-end of workshops for people involved in Amateur Theatre. You may remember we covered their Big Amateur Weekend back in October ’17. Well they’re running another week-end for people involved backstage in theatre lighting, sound, design or stage management. We found their Big Amateur Weekend a 5-star experience, and expect the same from this Big Backstage Week-end. If you’re interested in attending, you need to book soon. Places go quickly.

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If you want to understand better the sort of workshops the RSC runs, check out our acting workshop reviews from the Big Amateur Week-end – links provided below:

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RSC Workshop: Voice and Text

RSC Workshop: Directing Masterclass

RSC Workshop: Acting for the Stage

 

You’ll find details of the forthcoming Big Backstage Week-end, as provided by the RSC, below:

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Are you involved backstage in amateur theatre? Are you interested in theatre lighting, sound, design or stage management? Don’t miss our Big Backstage Weekend, 17-18 February 2018.

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ABOUT THE WEEKEND

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Join us in Stratford-upon-Avon for an unforgettable theatre experience working with our technical, design and stage management teams. The Big Backstage Weekend offers workshops, masterclasses and backstage insights, for anyone who wants to develop their technical theatre skills.

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You have the choice of four practical workshops over the weekend, giving the opportunity to learn skills, techniques and ideas from our highly skilled and experienced team of technicians, designers, production and stage managers. You will be able to choose four workshops from below (click on the names to find out more):

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WORKSHOPS TO CHOOSE FROM

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ADVANCED LIGHTING DESIGN

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In response to previous workshops this session is aimed at those who already have some experience of lighting and wish to go further, looking at how we combine the latest technology and old school know-how to light its productions.

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The session will look at our approach to lighting design, programming and working with moving lights and LEDs. We will also look at the future of lighting and the technology and techniques that might involve.

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BASIC LIGHTING PRACTICAL

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This practical session looks at our Lighting department, the role they play in the process of staging productions, and the skills, techniques and equipment used by our technicians. The workshop will include the first principles of lighting a play, selecting the right lantern for the job and rigging, maintenance and safety.

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Great lighting doesn’t always mean large amounts of expensive equipment or an enormous stage. The session will cover how to get the most out of the equipment you already use and what equipment may be worth investing in.

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PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT

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Looking at organising a whole production from start to finish, this workshop is suitable for those working on productions of all sizes. Includes a look at:

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  • working with directors
  • working with designers
  • production scheduling
  • budgets
  • managing multiple departments (or individuals)
  • get ins and get outs
  • touring
  • technical rehearsals and bringing the whole production together for production week

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SET CONSTRUCTION

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This workshop looks at set building, from design to construction. We are renowned for our epic large scale sets, but this very practical session will look at how to construct sets with a big impact on a small budget, for both small and large stages.

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From drawing board to set box model to construction, this session looks at the practical tricks of the trade, examining techniques and skills that save time, money and materials while getting the maximum onstage impact.

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SET DESIGN

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We have created some of the most visually exciting productions in theatre, and this session looks at how a professional designer designs a production for the stage. The workshop will look at:

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  • starting with the text
  • working with directors
  • preliminary ideas and concepts through to the practical process of problem solving
  • designing a set that is visually engaging, helps tell the story and is practical for the actors to use

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SOUND DESIGN

This session looks at designing sound for the stage. You will discover how our Sound team works with each production’s creative team. Looking at:

  • creating effects and atmosphere which help tell the story and enhance the production
  • how sound contributes to an immersive theatre experience
  • how to create great sound without expensive equipment

SOUND PRACTICAL

This practical session looks at our Sound department, and the role they play in the process of staging a production. You will find out more about the skills, techniques and equipment used by our technicians, including:

  • working with microphones
  • setting up a sound system and rigging
  • how to get the most out of the equipment you already use and what equipment may be worth investing in

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STAGE MANAGEMENT

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Organising one of our productions is like mobilizing a small army, and at the heart of this process is our Stage Management team. Meet members of our team, pick their brains and learn what really goes on behind the scenes before and during a production. The emphasis will be on the practical systems, techniques and processes you can use in your own productions. Includes:

  • scheduling
  • organising rehearsals
  • communicating with technical departments
  • working with directors and actors
  • organising and managing backstage
  • creating ‘the book’ (prompt copy)
  • cueing the show

The weekend ticket price also includes:

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  • a backstage technical tour of our theatres
  • a ticket to The Play’s The Thing, our behind the scenes exhibition
  • lunch on both days

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WHAT AND WHEN

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 February

Registration is from 9.30am at The Other Place on Saturday 17 February
The weekend will finish by 5.30pm on Sunday 18 February

All workshops take place in our rehearsal rooms as well as onstage and backstage in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Price £200 (does not include accommodation)

Participants must be 18+

Special ticket offer of £180 for Open Stages company members.

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WORKSHOP TIMETABLE

SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY

Morning: Sound Practical or Set Design

Afternoon: Sound Design or Set Construction

SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY

Morning: Basic Lighting Practical or Production Management

Afternoon: Advanced Lighting Design or Stage Management

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“THE WEEKEND WAS ALL I HOPED IT WOULD BE AND MORE. THE QUALITY OF THE WORKSHOPS WAS OUTSTANDING.”

PREVIOUS PARTICIPANT

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BOOKING

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Tickets are available by calling the RSC Ticket Hotline on +44 (0)1789 403493 or in person at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Box Office.

Early booking is recommended as places are limited. Tickets are not available online.

You will be able to choose your four workshops when you book your ticket for the Weekend. Workshops will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

All sessions are suitable for both those starting out and those with more experience, except for Advanced Lighting Design where some previous experience of lighting is desirable. An enrolment form will be sent to you so you can tell us about your previous experience and any areas you’d particularly like covered.

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This should be a great week-end for people involved Backstage!

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Richard Forsyth
‘The Director’
Players-Shakespeare.com

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If you are using, or thinking of using, Players-Shakespeare.com’s edition of Shakespeare’s plays for production rehearsals or play-reading, why don’t you ask to become a member of our Support for Playreading & Productions Closed FB group?

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