The Breathing House

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The Breathing House


The Technical Stage Department

Stage supervisor - Daryl Campbell

DSS/Head of Flys - Sean Ramsay

ATSM - Jamie Murray, Andrew Swarbrigg

Full Black As A border

One of the issues we had was the bar spacing down stage with the foot print of the house tabs taking up as much as 600mm, we came into issues flying these in during the show, there was also issues with viewing the lights on the first lx bar and not be able to cover them with the masking that was up.


instead of using the house tabs the designer decided with the production team to use a full black instead this would then also be used to mask he lights on the way out, instead of flying the black right out we flew it out to a height that the lights would be masked.

The Team

Stage supervisor - Daryl Campbell

DTSM/Head of Flys - Sean Ramsay

ATSM - Jamie Murray, Andrew Swarbrigg

Technical drawings and Ground plan


All drawings by Ruth Darling

Lens Screen.

The original idea was to attach a piece of BP screen to the back of the metal frame however due to the thickness of the frame we would have been unable to tension the screen properly so we decided that it would be best if the screen was hung on the bar behind the Lens frame thus allowing us to tension the screen.

False pros.

Hard masking wedges.


Perspex trucks.

Due to the weight of the perspex sheets the trucks are front heavy so some stage weights are required to ensure the trucks do not tip over. They also have fixed casters to try and ensure the trucks only move in a straight line.

Lighting Design

Lighting Design by Dylan Hodgson


Video Content Designer - Ruth Darling

Head of Video/Programmer - Craig Stevenson

We controlled Video for this show using the MacPro running the Catalyst Media Server and being programmed and operated using MA2 onPC with Command Wing via ARTNET. Originally, the system was going to be tied in to the lighting console via MANet using the same show file. However, in the end, the system was completely separated and Video had its own show file and control platform.

You can find Tim Reid's Handy Catalyst Quick Start Guide on the Production Resources Portal Page here:

System Design

The following is the system diagram is what was used for operation during the show.

The following was the proposed plan for Video being controlled used the MA2 Console. Note the use of a Session & Worlds which meant multiple programmers could be used during technical rehearsals and plot.

Data connections between the Media Server and Projector were made possible by using in house CAT5 patch from the control room and Prompt Side Fly Floor.

There is a VERY handy MA Manual site (WITH A SEARCH BAR) which you can learn almost anything including Networking, Sessions and Controlling other Hardware:

You can also find this manual on the desk, should you ever need it, by entering in the Command Line: HELP, PLEASE.

Projection Design

Projection Design was achieved by taking the information known about the projector and projection screen needed to work out what distance was needed to achieve the outcome. A combination of Vectorworks and Projector Calculators was used to then plan this and confirm where the screen and therefore projection source needed to be placed. > Is a great source for calculating distances and Lens' required for the solution.