The Crimp Plays

The Crimp Plays are a selection of short plays written by Martin Crimp. The plays included in this production are Play House, Whole Blue Sky, Face to the Wall and Fewer Emergencies. They are directed by Chris Kelham, with set design by Richard Gatti Associates and costume design by Cecilia Carey.

The production involves a sequence of gun shots. This is represented by balloons being popped to signify the shootings. The Stage Management team have worked with a selection of balloons and powders, as red powder comes out of the balloons when they are popped and settles on the floor of the set. Ideas for the red powder included flocking powder, poster paint and even Red Velvet cake mix!

You can see the cast working through the sequence in Technical Rehearsal below:


The production is in the Milton Court Studio Theatre tonight.


A Round Up of Stage Management Day

Here’s a taste of the activities the Stage Management students have been getting up around the buildings today on International Stage Management Day.

*The Crimp Plays had a matinee performance and will perform again this evening in the Milton Court Studio. This production has a Stage Manager, a Deputy Stage Manager and two Assistant Stage Managers. They’re also being helped out by Production Management, as you can see in the picture

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*The Consul is in rehearsal and the fit up is taking place on the Silk Street Theatre Stage. This production has a Stage Manager, a Deputy Stage Manager and four Assistant Stage Managers. Here are the Assistant Stage Managers hard at work


*The Cherry Orchard is in technical rehearsals in the Milton Court Theatre. This production has a Stage Manager, a Deputy Stage Manager and three Assistant Stage Managers. Here is one of their props tables set for technical rehearsals in the stage left wing

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There are loads of Stage Management going’s on across the buildings on a daily basis, as well as visits to external companies and productions.

Happy International Stage Management Day to everyone working in Stage Management departments everywhere! #stagemgrs17


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To start us off this morning, here is a blog post written by one the first year students, summing up the visits that we went on last week. These included a backstage tour of The Royal Opera House, seeing ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ at County Hall (directed and designed by the team that will be working on a drama production here later this term) and then to A&M Prop Hire.

In our first term as 1st year Stage Management students, we kicked off our trips this week with an amazing visit to the Royal Opera House where we were given the incredible opportunity to go backstage during one of the fit ups. The theatre was a lot bigger then we expected, with wondrously intricate pieces of scenery stacked neatly and perfectly ordered for the chronological building of each piece. We finished the tour with a visit underneath the stage where we got to see one of the trap doors!

Witness for the Prosecution was next on our agenda, a site specific production staged in the County Hall court room on the Southbank. This golden classic by Agatha Christie was hugely complemented by the court room atmosphere. It is safe to say we all enjoyed the evening.

To end the week, we had a trip to A & M Hire Limited in Acton. The store was a warren of extraordinary props that ranged from mystical statues from far off lands to jukeboxes from the 1950’s. We found all sorts of incredible props which encouraged and inspired us as we plan for our prop tables and productions still to come.

Thank you to everyone for making our week so memorable.

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Here’s a photo of the first years.

Check our Instagram throughout the day today to see what the students are getting up to around the school on Stage Management Day.

International Stage Management Day 2017

Tomorrow is International Stage Management Day 2017. Organised by the Stage Management Association, this day has been celebrated since 2013.

Check our blog and Instagram tomorrow to see what Stage Managers are getting up to around Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

The poster has been used in this post with the kind permission of the SMA. For more information on the work of the SMA, please see their website at

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The Cherry Orchard

One of this terms drama productions is The Cherry Orchard. Written by Anton Chekhov, it is set in Russia and deals with the decline in a family’s fortunes. It is directed by Christian Burgess, with design by Polly Sullivan and lighting design by Jo Town.

The Stage Management team for the production have been gathering props together throughout the rehearsal period. Here are some photographs from their props spread:

As you can see, the team have been doing research to get items which suit the period the production is set in.

The Cherry Orchard opens in the Milton Court Theatre on Monday 16th October.

The Consul Rehearsals

This terms opera is called The Consul. It was written by Gian Carlo Menotti and will be directed by Stephen Medcalf, lighting and set designed by Simon Corder, with costume design by Susannah Henry. The conductor is Tim Redmond.

The design is in two parts, the home of the main characters and the consul office. In rehearsals, this means doing a set and props turnaround for the company to rehearse in the correct setting.

This mosaic goes from the consul office (top left) round to the kitchen side.

The student Production Manager for the production said:

“It takes about 8 people to do the turnaround. This is made part by the stage management team and the production management team. In the final photo you can see a preview of the 300+ chairs we have sourced and put into the room”.

Interested to see the finished production, whose first performance is on Monday 30th October.

Props Acquisition Class

Today the first year Stage Management students have been in their Props Acquisition class. This introduces loads of prop information – things to think about when you’re buying, making or sourcing for a show.

The big question: Where do the props come from?

We chatted about research you need to do, what types of props there are for shows, how and where you might find the props and any specific facts you might need to know – for example currency decimalisation happened in April 1968, which you would have to take into consideration if propping.

We also had a look through some specific props and resources, newspapers, labels, fake blood and the Robert Opie scrapbooks to name a few. We’re visiting the Brand Museum later in the term to look at some other Robert Opie packaging.

We finished the session by making blood bags and bursting them.

As you can see in the photographs, some of the cling film was a bit tricky