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.
Dawn Walton is the Founder and Artistic Director of Black-led theatre company, Eclipse. Renowned for their delivery of diverse programming to regional theatres, Eclipse strives to disrupt and enrich the contemporary theatrical landscape.
Jenny Sealey has lead Graeae Theatre Company for 19 years as its Artistic Director. Renowned for pioneering work with emerging and established deaf and disabled theatre makers, Graeae has been instrumental in improving accessibility across the industry.
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.
Nancy Meckler was Shared Experience's second ever Artistic Director, after Mike Alfreds, and was instrumental in crystallising a distinctive performance style that celebrates the union of physical and text-based theatre.
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.
Designer Robert Wilson talks to Richard Strange at A Mighty Big If at the House of St Barnabas, offering a rare and personal insight to an exceptional life.
Complicité Co-Founder Annabel Arden talks to Associate Director Catherine Alexander about the history of the company and its classic production of A Disappearing Number.
Artistic Director Michael Buffong directed Talawa Theatre Company’s 2016 production of King Lear at the Royal Exchange. Here, Buffong and members of the acting company explore the unique joys and challenges of working in the round.
Filmed over a day in London's renowned Soho Theatre, this timelapse video chronicles the installation process of the intricate set for LIFT, a new musical developed by Perfect Pitch.
Featuring a raised floor and neon strip lighting, watch as technicians construct the set from scratch.
Created by Perfect Pitch. Filmed and edited by Wayne Eagles.