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King Lear

Hello! Welcome back to my video blog! A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to do the lighting design for the Edinburgh University Shakespeare Company’s production of King Lear. As the lighting designer, I started by familiarizing myself with the show and meeting with the director. After finding out what the director wanted, I created a light plot, which shows where the lights go. This was basically my first time creating one from scratch, but I think it went reasonably well.

If you haven’t been bored to death with lighting jargon yet, let me tell you about the rest of the process next! I attended a number of rehearsals for the show. I took notes about where the actors were on stage and how I wanted them to look.

The weekend before the show, we loaded everything into the theatre. That Sunday, we did our cue-to-cue, where I created and recorded all of the cues for the show on the lighting desk. The main direction that I was given was that it should be sort of dark and cool throughout the show, but that still gave me a lot of options. I was reasonably happy with how it ended up, but I don’t think most people would notice the same things that I did!

I’m so glad that I got the chance to work on this production. I gained valuable experience on it and also made some new friends! It’s great getting involved with societies here at the University, and I recommend it to any other visiting students. It’s also incredible to see the quality of work that the student theatre societies here do. That’s all from me, and I’ll see you next time.

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