Digital System, Theatrical Production & Education,

“Even the cables are making me want to get to work!” exclaimed one eleven-year-old recently as he began work on the technical set-up. His enthusiasm was absolutely exciting for me as his teacher. By sharing experiences of fusing digital systems with theatrical production and education, I refer to over fifteen years of events with Hong…

HKIS HS Tech support 

HKIS HS drama department head contacted me to ask for pro audio contacts. I respect the contact but reacted with a want to get the HS theatre tech team trained to deal with it. So, I offered my help to get the students up to scratch with controlling loads of wireless microphones for a musical…

HAMELIN – Starlit Production

Two production within 2 weeks of each other. One with HKIS and one with Starlit. Each student devised, each very strong focus – almost political with their messages. Maybe a sign of the times and recent world manoeuvres.  A good thing is that productions are a great avenue for expressing oneself, and that’s got to be a plus…

HKIS MS- 1st World Problems Production

Devised by Drama teacher John Mulhall and grade 7 & 8 drama students, an original production “First : World Problems” performed in the HKIS Middle School Black Box Theatre 9 ~ 12 November, 2016. Starbucks, Social Media… scene titles provide a glimpse into teacher / student devised production that audience members referred to as – “brilliant”, Once again I…

Starlit Voice DramaSchool Lamda exam

Early June, 2016 has included my working with the Starlit Voice Drama School again, supporting their development of their devised original production, “the Kidnapping of Peaches’. Their task – to devise material in preparation for their Lamda exam. Starlit Voice creative director Vince Warren booked the Hong Kong International School, Middle School’s Black Box Theatre…

HKIS MS Legally Blonde Jr production

The Hong Kong International School‘s Middle School Tech-Know-Wise crew once again have provided outstanding technical design, set-up, operation and de-rig of our largest technical achievement for the 2015-2016 school year. The 8 member crew (below) supported the Middle School drama department’s Legally Blonde Jr production. Directed by Drama teacher / director  John Mulhall. Four afternoon performances…

ISTA AIS – Singapore – March 2016

I write this siting at the Chiangi airport, Singapore, less than 2 hours’ after our final sharing at the International School Theater Association‘s [ISTA] Australian International School [AIS], Middle School three day festival. My immediate response to the event, map art from the exhaustion, returns to a familiar: the kids have once again been creative…

5 shows done, 1 to go

The Starlit Voice production of the script ‘NORMAL‘ by Paul Wallis (UK) run at the Hong Kong Arts Centre, McAulay Studio through 10th – 13th Dec, 2015 has been a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding process to be involved with. Alongside Starlit Voice director Vince Warren I’ve been working with a small group of technically focused students through multiple Saturday sessions at…

Day 2 on site with Starlit

Here we are at day 2 of a 6 day booking at the HK Arts Centre. The interesting thing is how the Starlit students have spoken about how they are enjoying being involved in the ‘behind the scenes’ processes.  Plans have remained that the Starlit students design, set up & operate all technical aspects of…

Final show – all good

The last show and all went well. All the set up and tuning turned out well.  Funny how a shattered 2 KW Profile lens can make a great gobo:)  innovative minds at work…  Director John Mulhall thanks the student cast and crew for a job well done.  I was given a nicely smelly gift too….

Adventures of Yoshi and the Tea Kettle – running well @ HKIS

The Tech-Know-Wise crew are now on their third of four performances and all is well. Adjustments / fine tuning has continued daily. Here’s hyper-cardioid microphone adjustments.  The students set up a three camera live recording system to record the final two shows.   It amazes me again how focused the students are when doing such tasks….