Lighting and Sound Workshop

April 22, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Rondo Theatre
St. Saviours Rd
Bath, Bath and North East Somerset BA1
Lighting and Sound Workshop @ The Rondo Theatre

With Luke John Emmett

This all day-workshop which will reveal the secrets of theatre lighting in a way that is accessible to everybody, stripping back the jargon and enabling participants to gain an insight into the lighting process.

This is an entry-level course aimed at anyone who takes part in theatre at any level and would like to get a better understanding of lighting and sound.
This course is ideal for directors, writers, designers who know how they want the lighting to look but aren’t sure how to translate that to a lighting designer or who need to set up a basic sound system and operate it.

By the end of the day you will:
– Be able to identify different lanterns and know their purpose
– Understand how a lighting designer works
– Be able to interpret design ideas from scripts
– Be able to communicate lighting ideas to a designer
– Know the different lighting positions and what they are used for
– Understand what paperwork a lighting designer creates
– Get hands on experience with lanterns and a lighting desk
– Be able to focus and rig lanterns safely
– Have lots of handy paperwork examples and ideas for future productions
– Learn how to use a sound system
– Be able to rig a microphone, EQ it, and balance the sound level
– Plug in a guitar or keyboard to the PA system
– Balance the sound from a microphone, guitar and keyboard
– Plug a laptop in to the sound system
– Learn how to plug in a monitor speaker and how to get the sounds you want coming out of it

Please wear sensible clothing as this workshop will involve some practical work, use of ladders and do bring a notebook.

We will be looking at Macbeth Act 1, Sc 1 – the Witches on the Heath set in a traditional fashion. The scene can easily be found online.
Please read the scene and think about how you would light it. What atmosphere do you want to create? What feeling does the scene have? What colours represent those feelings? What effects might you use? It doesn’t have to be technical but think about how you want the scene to feel and how you want that to come across to an audience.
Also think about what sound effects you may use during the scene. What could be used to heighten the tension and create an atmosphere? Are there any hints contained within the script itself?
We will use this scene as the basis of the workshop as a practical exercise to light the scene and try out different sound effects.

Please note: this workshop is only available to people aged 18 years and over.

This course will be run by award-winning Lighting Designer and Founder of Theatre Bath and the Theatre Bath Bus, Luke John Emmett.
Luke John Emmett has lit many different productions and events, many of which have gone on to win awards (Wizard of Oz, Rosebowl 2016 for Lighting Design;Phantom of the Opera, Technical Achievement Award). He has over 13 years professional experience in technical theatre and has lit everything from concerts to musicals and straight plays to weddings.
Previous productions lit include: Les Miserables, The Snow Child, Cats, The Woodlanders, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Jekyll and Hyde, Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera, Grease, Fame, Sweeney Todd, Annie, Beauty & The Beast, Animal Farm, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Alice in Wonderland, The Bronte Season, The Persistence of Memory, Resurrection and The Bluebird.
For more information and examples of previous work visit:

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