Thursday, October 30, 2008

Six months in Evita Sheffield to Stoke, Much Fun!

So finally what must be at least six months of the show being out on tour I finally got to catch up with my mate Andy Weddell. His show Evita was to move from Sheffield to Stoke on Trent, and the talk towards the beginning of the tour was leading to me being lead PSE but none the less better late than never. And that was the theme for the weekend. Arriving in Sheffield I met up with the team, all started well. The get out went swimmingly, we matched Alex's time from Milton Keynes, which was best part two hours off that the rest of the tour has been. This is also the best get out weekend of the year as the clocks went back giving us another hour in bed! Awesome! So we were on the bus for 1am GMT quite a result. We surfaced about 9am in Stoke-on-Trent, now I've been to Stoke before and it's not the most cosmopolitan place in the world so I had done my research and found somewhere to get breakfast. Fed and watered we returned to the Regent Theatre only to discover that our truck was to be 20 minutes late as there had been an accident. No major dramas, Andy and I did a walk round and worked out how everything was to be. 10:30 came and went so it was off to the sound department catering van to Brew up. No more news on our truck much suggestion that he was just coming round the corner now oh he can see you... Yeah right. In lieu of anything productive to do we set about keeping our selves amused. First on the list was Andy's Sinclare folding bike, much fun would have been improved if the tyres had been inflated correctly. Next on the list was a little Traffic cone loud haler action, only to be replaced by some set dolly racing. All much fun! Anyway our truck turned up two hours late, that's eleven hours after we closed the doors on it in Sheffield, and yes that's the Sheffield about an hour away. Anybody recommend a trucking company?

We made up time well on Sunday and got our selves in good shape, well done team! It was half nine when we left on the Sunday, which I think was not bad going. Monday also went well, I was really pleased with how it sounded and it was great to be back with Andy. That team has had a fairly rough ride on this tour and I think they have got their gig in really good order considering.

Hopefully everyone is as impressed with our work as I was and I'll be back!

Friday, October 17, 2008

New Design and Search

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Keeping a busy boy in the Corporate world

This week I've been busy with Metro at Shell again at the beginning of the week in their lovely sports hall. Not overly interesting or exciting I'm afraid, just mortgage paying.

At the end of the week though i was off to a hotel just outside Windsor for a Diageo event with Metro. Rather a small little meeting room for what turned out to be quite an intresting conference. All very pleasant though and the food was superb. Also the guys doing the energisers and team building exercises were very good. Unfortunately I was on my way home before the Guinness and Whiskey started flowing.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

HSBC @ Leivester Square and NBA with Adidas Basketball Court at Lartkhall Park

What with all the theatre work going quite quiet of late I have been busying my self with work in the corporate sector. In the past week or so I was involved with the HSBC event at Leicester Square's Odeon, it was the Chairman's World Road Show. I got to look after all the Motorola radios being used by the event managers and the Gallowglass crew that were in smart trousers and ties. Now that was a first for me as normally I used to seeing these chaps in their shorts and steelies.

Later that week I was involved with the opening of a outdoor basket ball court at Lartkhall Park near Stockwell. The court had been paid for by the NBA and Adidas, now that was quite good of them I thought. Apparently they provide quite a number of courts around the world, an investment in the sport. This time round I was mixing my lectern kit and a hand full of hand held radios. Another nice little gig thanks to Delta Sound. Luckily the wind and the rain held of and it all turned out well.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Katie - Slow Cooking

So this had been my little project over the past couple of weeks to coincide with launch of her new book Slow Cooking. It is much pinker than anything I have worked on before.
Katie is a good friend of mine who I met thhrough my work with Gofer and Waitrose. We have got a few ideas to add and improve so keep your eye on it over the next few weeks. The book is great I've read through it and it looks great, I will be certainly be dusting my Slow cooker this winter.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Mary Poppins, Edinburgh Playhouse - What a Squeeze

We always knew it was going to be tight, The Mary Poppins Tour is a big production and Edinburgh Playhouse is the smallest Venue the tour goes to. We didn't get off to the best start when the sound truck turned up at 8pm having being expected at 1pm, we knew it was unlikley to be on time but a 7 hour delay is taking the mick really. So having waited arround all day on Sunday all we really achieved was to tip our truck. We were good value for money that day! But it wasn't just us the sound department that was behind now the whole fitup was a good seven to eight hours behind time and that's a fair proportion of time. Although we were some what removed from the carnage on stage as all the amps are substage and we ran alot of the infrastructure in before the large set pieces arrived. It was still a bun fight trying to achieve anything on stage. We ended up doing a late evening on Tuesday to get the up and down stage ladders in and up as it meant we didn't hold the set boys up too much. So after a fairly full on couple of days and me spending a lot of time in my harnes mainly focusing cameras the show went up, after a clean dress and first preview I think is a really good achievement. I think it does show the skill of all those involved in what is at pressent the biggest touring theatre show in the UK. Thanks team, till Manchester.