Murder Mystery

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Location: Reed’s School

Role: Sound Operator


Stage Plan:

Murder Mystery Lighting Plot


Sound:

2 x Sennheiser SKM500 wireless microphones

4 x EV Speakers

Behringer X32 Mixing Desk

Yamaha Amp


Special Effects:

→ The play begins with an explosion where ‘James Blond’ emerges and makes his way to the stage. We achieved the effect of an explosion by setting off a confetti cannon while flashing a profile directed at the doorway. Since we didn’t have cans, we had to setup a cue light using birdies so that the lighting operator could cue the pyro operator at the right time.


Lighting:

Murder Mystery Lighting Plot

House Spelling Bee

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Location: Reed’s School

Role: Sound Operator


Stage Plan:

Stage Plan


Sound:

2 x Sennheiser SKM500 wireless microphones (1 for judges table, 1 for contestants)

2 x Mic stand

4 x EV Speakers

Behringer X32 Mixing Desk

Yamaha Amp


Lighting:

House Spelling Bee - Lighting Plot

Close Disco

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Location: Reed’s School

Role: Sound / Lighting Operator


Lighting:

→ I rigged 4 parcans with bright coloured gels and directed them towards the dance area to provide a splash of colour. These were programmed with a rainbow chase effect.

→ I also setup a couple of sets of disco lights and a laser on a table at one side of the room.

→ I used the houselights to provide a low intensity wash across the floor.

Close Disco


Sound:

→ The playlist was provided on one of the organiser’s phone. I used a DI (Direct Input) box going into a Behringer X32 to control the sound levels going out to 4 speakers.


Challenges:

→ I had to monitor a roving microphone especially when they walked within range of the speaker to prevent feedback.

Close Disco

Guildford School of Acting: Table

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Location: Waterloo East Theatre

Role: Sound and A/V Operator


GSA - Table

Information:

→ I spent a whole week working with GSA students on their second production of Table. This gave me a great opportunity to talk to the current students and find out more about life as a TTSM student.

→ During the show, I took it in turns to operate the sound, lighting and projections. The sound was run through a QLab stack which also contained the images for projection. The lighting was operated on the in-house jester. A GSA student was the deputy stage manager for the show and cued me.

GTG – Desmond Holt Memorial Trust Charity Concert

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Location: Ben Travers Theatre

Role: Sound Operator


Information:

→ As the sound operator for this show, I started by rigging speakers in the auditorium. I then went on to work with the theatre technician to test the microphones. During the day of rehearsals, I went through the act list ingot an understanding of the levels required for the songs and microphones.

→ The breaks during the day gave me the chance to talk to a RADA graduate who specialised in sound.

→ For the performance, I ran the audio through QLab which I setup in rehearsal. I used a Behringer X32 to monitor the sound and microphone levels.


Desmond Holt Concert

Speech Day

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Location: Reed’s School

Role: Sound Operator


Information:

→ I spent the few days prior to this event working with the technical manager and preparing the equipment. We began by speaking to all relevant people to form a kit list of all equipment they required. We then combined this with a list of everything we needed.

→ We spent a day collecting all of the necessary equipment and transporting it down to the venue – a large tent.

→ We setup a PA with 4 main speakers and used 6 smaller speakers spaced around the perimeter of the tent.

→ We rented in two large LED displays to show a feed from 3 wired stationary cameras around the tent. We used a Roland vision mixer to fade between camera inputs.


Sound:

→ As the sound operator, I helped setup several SM57s along with some radio miss to amplify a band. We used a single ethernet cable connected to an AES50 which allows us to control 16 inputs and 8 outputs over a single cable.

→ I also setup a small sound system outside the tent for a band which was playing before and after the event. This consisted of a single SM58 on a mic stand and a piano going into the PA system.

→ During the rehearsal, I took the opportunity to get a good level for the main microphone and did some equalising.

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Lord Of The Flies

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Location: Reed’s School

Role: Sound Operator


Sound:

→ All of the sound effects were sourced from the internet. I added the sound effects into a QLab workspace to allow me to preset the fades and timings.

→ As part of the pre-show checks, I made sure all of the speakers were working and the cues were at the right levels.

Lord Of The Flies


Lighting:

→ We used 8 fresnels to create a straw wash to cover the whole stage. We also used 4 profiles which were used at certain points in the play to highlight certain areas of the stage.

→ We placed 2 birdies under the lite-deck to provide uplighting when the actors stood on the raised platform. Lord Of The Flies


Special Effects:

→ We used an empty oil barrel and creased a triangular frame which held a metal can. We added a spoon of flame paste to the can at the start of each performance for an actor to light. This created a controlled fire.


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AS Piece

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Location: Reed’s School

Role: Sound Operator


Information:

→ For my AS in Drama, I had to work with a group of actors to produce a scripted piece given to us and to devise our own piece based on a given stimulus. Our scripted piece was ‘The Crucible’ by Arthur Miller.

→ I needed to create a portfolio of work and development to show the examiner the process I went through to add sound to both pieces. This included; research into theatrical styles, sound based research and the sound plots for the actual performance.


Scripted:

→ In order to portray the naturalistic setting of the play, I had an ambient sound effect of wind and light rain playing throughout the performance. I used fades to increase the volume and power of the rain as the action on stage became increasingly heated.

AS QLab


Devised:

→ Using ideas from Brechtian theatre, I added suitable sound effects to enhance the piece.I also recorded vocals and played with some audio effects to give it a god-like feeling. I also ran projection through QLab.

AS QLab


AS Lighting Plots  

Close Disco

Standard

Location: Reed’s School

Role: Sound / Lighting Operator


Lighting:

→ I rigged 4 parcans with bright coloured gels and directed them towards the dance area to provide a splash of colour. These were programmed with a rainbow chase effect.

→ I also setup a couple of sets of disco lights and a laser on a table at one side of the room.

→ I used the houselights to provide a low intensity wash across the floor.

Close Disco


Sound:

→ The playlist was provided on one of the organiser’s phone. I used a DI (Direct Input) box going into a Behringer X32 to control the sound levels going out to 4 speakers.


Challenges:

→ I had to monitor a roving microphone especially when they walked within range of the speaker to prevent feedback.

 

Drama In A Day

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Location: Reed’s School

Role: Sound Operator


Information:

→ We setup a generic black wall using 8 flats which had 4 doors for actors to enter and exit.

→ Throughout the day, the different groups discussed the sound effects that they would like and provided me with an annotated script with labeled cues.

→ During the technical rehearsals, I followed the script and ran the cues. I made notes of any changes the groups requested after the rehearsal.

→ I ran the show using QLab linked to a Behringer X32 via a sapphire interface.

→ I also provided wireless microphones to groups that requested them.


Lighting:

→ We provided a generic and versatile rig for the groups to utilise.

→ The rig consisted of 8 fresnels with straw gels to create a wash. We also used 4 profiles to highlight certain areas of the stage.

Drama in a Day - Lighting Plots Black Wall