A Midsummer Nights Dream 2011
|A Midsummer Nights Dream 2011|
|A Midsummer Night's Dream Poster
Titania / Hippolyta - Amiera Darwish
Titania / Hippolyta - Saria Steyl
Oberon / Theseus - Alasdair Hankinson
Puck - Jimin Suh
Hermia / Mechanical - Ruby Richardson
Helena / Mechanical - Cliodhna McCorley
Lysander / Mechanical - Anthony Fagan
Demetrius / Mechanical - Sam Keefe
Bottom / Egeus - Brian(Christopher)Fisher
Production Manager - Sandy McRobbie
Stage Manager - Sarah Wilson
Deputy Stage Manager - Ross Oliver
Assistant Stage Manager - Audrey Wilson
Set and Lighting Designer - Alexander Ridgers
Sound Designer - Jonathan Towers
Production Electrician - Jonathan Towers
Technical Stage Manager - Fiona Nisbet
Lighting Operator - Jade Beatson
Sound Operator - John Beggan
For Midsummer Night's Dream there were no set pieces, but the crew were needed for the lightbulbs and dust, and the catwalks were masked.
The only technical challenge we had was making the 5 lightbulbs from the catwalk be able to move up and down. We managed this by cable-tying one pulley to the point where the lightbulb was going to be, and another pulley onto the catwalk to stop the cable rubbing on the bars.
One of the larger challenges was completing a rerig of the space between Much Ado and Midsummer. Although the initial brief was just refocusing and recolouring, it turned out that repatching and repositioning would have to take place in order to fit the new drawing. In retrospect, the amount of changes that took place should have warranted a complete new rig rather than trying to adapt the previous one.
The rig involved 40 practical lightbulbs, most individually controllable, to fit within the constraints of the Chandler's existing infrastructure. Ideally, we would like to have used temp racks and soca to achieve this, but a revised budget meant we could not do this. Instead vast runs of TRS had to be taken from the FOH bar to catwalk 3 in order to fit within the existing rig and to make best use of the dimmers available in the space.
It was also difficult to find the time to make practicals, as we lost a lot of the crew to the MT Cabarets in the ath and the remaining chandler crew had a show to run at the time. The practicals are now built, and can remain in stock for a rainy day!