Lear and Othello

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Lear and Othello

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24th -27th Jan 2023
Performance Course
Second Year BA Acting
Creative Team
Sound Designer
Lighting Designer
Production Team
Stage Supervisor
Deputy Stage Supervisor
Stage Manager
Deputy Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Managers
LX Programmer/DPLX
Production Sound Engineer
Technical Stage Technicians
Lighting Technicians
Sound Technicians


Stage Management


This show was a fairly simple design with some little special effects for TSD.

Kabuki Drop

The centre section of the back cloth had to drop at the end of Act 1. We achieved this by creating a revolving conduit pipe, held inside staff pipe. The conduit then has many M6 threaded bars along which create the rigging 'hooks' for the cloths. The mechanism to revolve is made from pulleys that create a loop from the kabuki to the operator and back. This allows tension to be kept in one direction, and releasing to happen in the other.

Curtain Drop Drawing Diagram.JPG

Kabuki Drop Video Link

Drop Box - Feather Drops

There were multiple deaths during Lear and each time someone died it required a red feather to fall from the 'sky'. This could have been achieved by dropping manually from the catwalk, but this would require crawling silently back and forth quite quickly in order to hit each position in time. Therefore, we turned to a 'duck drop' method. I decided to go with an electronic system that I designed and created using 3D printing and solenoids. There were 8 drop units each running on their own channels to allow for individual control of all 8 feathers.

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Rigged Dropper Units.JPG

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Single Feather Drop Video Link

Double Feather Drop Video Link


The chandelier had to be removable at the interval, LX also had cables running to it since it was a practical. The solution used was to rig the chandelier on a 4mm cord which then passed through multiple diversion pulleys off to the control rooms. This allowed an operator to unclear the cord and lower the chandelier into a crew member ready to receive on stage. There was also an effect that had to shake the chandelier violently, this was achieve with a second thin cord about 500mm below the pulley which would allow the fixture to swing left and right as well as up and down using the original rigging line.


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Speaker Plans


The speakers used on this show were;

- D&b C7s (Subs, Orange on plan)

- KV2 ESD 12 (PA L, PA R, Blue on plan)

- KV2 EX 6 (Rear FX, Delays, Green on Plan)


The mics featured on this plan are Rode M5s, which are highlighted as pink boxes.

SFX Plans

This was the initial SFX plan formed following the first stages of tech, This would soon become more advanced as the production continued.


Two Rode M5s were rigged two the catwalks via a crossbar. These were used during key moments to add reverb and delay to the room, making each movement of actors (as well as dialogue) sound like it was part of a larger room, or when paired with SFX, to sound strange and otherworldly.