This unique and exclusive documentary opens the door to life at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, west London, during summer and autumn 2017. DT+ goes behind the scenes to access all areas of the company, from their extensive young people’s programme to the key planning stages for their main house production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull.
Ali Wade, Stage Manager, discusses the entire spectrum of duties involved in being the team that transforms the ‘creative chaos’ of the rehearsal room into a perfect storm on stage, anticipating and addressing issues before they even materialise. She expresses the challenges of constant flexibility and details the variety of roles collaborating within a single stage management team.
Guy Fryer, Head of Stage at the Lyric Hammersmith explains the variety and graft involved in a job that covers everything from hauling heavy objects up stairs, to transforming a designer’s grand dreams into reality. He explains how you have to really want to work backstage in theatre, that to want it you have to understand it, and that to understand it you have to see it, wherever and whenever you can.
Lindah has spent her career in theatre working behind-the-scenes on the stage management team. She has covered every role from props supervisor and deputy stage manager through to company stage manager. She chats about her love of the job and what it involves.
Company Manager Ben Delfont works behind-the-scenes during rehearsal and in performance to ensure that all the practical requirements of the show are met and that communications between creative, technical, production and administrative teams go smoothly. He shares the routine of his day.
Technical Stage Manager, Angel Hasted has over 18 years of experience under his belt, Angel tells us how he got his start in "show business" and shares his advice for young people aspiring to a theatrical career.