My Belgrade Unplugged with Stage Manager Rosanna Simpson
1. How are you involved in Belgrade Theatre Unplugged?
I am the Stage Manager for Unplugged this year so I am responsible for running the rehearsal period alongside Hamish, producing schedules for the company and liaising with the communications department to make sure as many press requests as possible are fulfilled. I am also responsible for driving, loading and unloading the van and setting up all the technical equipment.
2. Describe a typical day ‘on the road’?
Myself and Sarah leave for the venue an hour before the company depart. On arrival we meet with the venue host familiarize ourselves with the venue and then unload the equipment. Priority is to have the sound system set up and working before the company arrive. Once the company arrive I brief them about the venue making sure they are familiar with where facilities are and also any evacuation procedures should we need them. Next thing to do is a mini technical rehearsal because there are singers I always go through sound levels with them to make sure they are happy prior to performance. Approximately half an hour before the performance is due to start I hand over to FOH. During performance I run all the sound. At the end of the performance with assistance form all departments I pack down everything and put it all back in the van ready for the next day……
3. Which has been your favourite venue visited as part of Unplugged these past three years?
This is the first year I have been part of the Unplugged Production team but last year I particularly enjoyed going to watch the performance at Lunt Roman Fort on a lovely summers evening.
4. Which BT Unplugged Venue are you most looking forward to visiting this year?
Kenilworth Castle, it’s a gorgeous setting and if the weather is kind we will be outside which gives us a better chance of drawing a larger crowd.
5. Which shows are you most looking forward to previewing this year?
The Sisterhood and Vampomime definitely. I’ve never worked on a Moliere play so I’m really looking forward to hearing how the language of Sisterhood come off the page and Vampomime because I imagine it will be crowd pleaser and I have no doubt that it will be funny.
6. What is your favourite thing about Belgrade Unplugged?
Its great to have a sneak peek of the forthcoming season.
7. What is the biggest challenge of moving between so many different types and size of venue?
Unplugged is designed to move between the different venues so its set up means that I’m not faced with huge challenges. I think its more challenging for the actors because vocally the levels change massively.
8. What do you hope audiences will gain from coming to see an ‘Unplugged’ performance?
I hope audiences will gain an insight into the work we do at the Belgrade. We are showcasing such a range of productions that I hope that at least one piece excites every person that comes and that spurs them on to book tickets!!
9. Sum up ‘Unplugged’ in three words.
Bringing theatre closer.
More information about all events can be found at www.belgrade.co.uk/unplugged or by calling the Belgrade Box Office on 024 7655 3055. All events are free to attend, although Kenilworth Castle charge an entrance fee to their property as standard.