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Sense and Sensibility

by Jane Austen, adapted by Mark Healey
Lighting Design : Jon Primrose
Set Design : Tim Heywood
Director : Ben Crocker

Lam

by Christopher William Hill
Lighting Design : Jon Primrose
Set Design : Kit Surrey
Director : Ben Crocker

Notes:
Another challenge. The two prime concerns were a huge skyscape hanging over the acting area and the division of the stage in half, indicating the kitchen on SL and the yard SR. The skyscape limited top/downlight massively, so I had to hang extra positions at the sides of it to ensure there was enough light upstage. There was a lot of emphasis on practical light sources during the show, so many cues were taken up with subtly moving highlights around the set as the lanterns were moved from kitchen to yard and back. In order to achieve blackouts on the whole stage without the practicals remaining lit, we modified one of the practicals so that it could be radio controlled. It worked most of the time, but was unfortunately subject to interference from (we think) passing taxis. Another lesson learned….

The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde
Lighting Design : Jon Primrose
Set Design : Tim Heywood
Director : Ben Crocker

Wind in the Willows

by Alan Bennett
at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter
Lighting Design : Jon Primrose
Set Design : Becky Hawkins
Director : Ben Crocker, Rachel Vowles, John Whitehead

The Wizard of Oz

by L. Frank Baum
April 2000
Northcott Young Company
Lighting Design : Jon Primrose
Set Design : Becky Hawkins
Directors : Rachel Vowles, John Whitehead

Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Notes:
The second Northcott Youth Company production relied heavily on lighting effects to distinguish between the many locations Dorothy and her friends visit. As the photos show, fairly heavy use of gobos here ! The final image of Act I as the friends approach Emerald City had me scratching my head for days – I tried making a gobo of a cityscape, using an overhead projector to project the cityscape, shadow projection of the cityscape but eventually settled on three overlapped linear breakup gobos (second photo on the right) from the rear of the auditorium. Worked a treat ! This was also my first use of moving lights at the Northcott – two Mac 500s, and two Mac 600s. The wash lights helped get me out of a mess with lighting the midstage gauze evenly, and the spots were invaluable at picking up solos in large choruses, and highlighting principals.