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The Who's Tommy
Director Andrew Panton
Musical Director Simon Beck
Choreographer Emily-Jane Boyle
Set Designer Becky Minto
Lighting Designer Simon Wilkinson
Venue New Athenaeum
Tech 13th February - 10th March 2012
Performance Dates 10th - 17th March 2012

The Who's Tommy is the first large scale Musical Theatre Production at the Conservatoire, taking place


Creative Team

Director: Andrew Panton

Musical Director: Simon Beck

Choreographer: Emily-Jane Boyle

Associate Director: Michael Howell

Set Designer: Becky Minto

Lighting Designer: Simon Wilkinson

Projection Designer: Kim Beveridge

Technical Production Team

Stage Manager: Sarah Wilson

Deputy Stage Manager: Samantha Burt

Assistant Stage Management: Rosie Barber, Kat Douglas, Oran O'Neill

Technical Stage Manager: Iain Jolly

Assistant Technical Stage Managers: Melissa MacDonald, John Beggan

Chief Flyperson: Rebecca Coull

Stage Technicians: Chris McIntyre, Sam Cunningham

Chief Electrician: Fraser Walker

Deputy Electrician: Chris Gowling

Sound Designer/ Sound Number 1: Jonathan Towers

Sound Number 2: Graeme Brown

Lighting Operator: Audrey Wilson

Electricians: Sean Hind, Sam Barker, Patrick Watson, Elleanor Taylor



TSM Groundplan
Tommy tsm groundplan.jpg

Tommy: How we flew the truss

One of the challenges in Tommy was the truss, there were 2 spans, one at 9m long, one at 7m. Ideally we would have flown it straight off the automation; the truss was strong enough (see diagram 1) but the overall weight would have been too close to the automation’s SWL of 200kg per winch (2 winches per truss).

We decided to fly the truss off 2 cw bars, with 7m stingers. Once this assembly was rigged we attached a single automation line to the truss, underweighted the cw bars so the automation was only taking 30/40kg rather than the whole load. At this point we left the counterweight brakes off, and taped up so that the only control was from the automation. We were then able to program a number of moves into the automation desk which were executable by one operator, rather than four flymen.