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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Rob Halliday: It’s time to celebrate 25 years of revolutionary theatre technology by Rob Halliday

The tendency in our industry is to look relentlessly forward – perhaps not surprising given that once a show is gone, it’s

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Monday, August 28, 2017

What you need to ask before choosing a technical course by Rob Halliday

So, you want to go to drama school to learn about working backstage and making shows. Fair enough: a lot of people

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Rob Halliday: Tokyo team’s enlightening approach is bang on cue by Rob Halliday

It’s strange, the different directions the winds of showbiz can buffet you. There was a long period when it felt like almost

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Rob Halliday: Made in Britain – we export great things but get little in return by Rob Halliday

So, I’m an export. At least, I think I am. I’ve been in Tokyo for five weeks now, working on a new

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Rob Halliday: Imagination – the human trait technology can’t replace by Rob Halliday

Ever felt like you chose poorly? Whether because of that slightly raised eyebrow of disappointment when you told your parents you were

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Rob Halliday: From Chester’s Storyhouse Theatre to Showlight in Florence, tech teams shine by Rob Halliday

The problem with appearing here just once a month is how to deal with things that are timely and topical. Like congratulating

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Rob Halliday: All work and no play could make lighting design dull by Rob Halliday

I’d be curious – if a little frightened – to know how much of my career (which I often think of as

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Rob Halliday: Don’t leave it too late to learn from experience by Rob Halliday

Once again, a reminder that if you wait too long, you leave it too late. As you’ve probably heard, Ken ‘AK’ Bennett-Hunter

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Rob Halliday: I’m a lighting designer, but I’m all for switching the power off by Rob Halliday

As you might have noticed, this column has a somewhat loosely specified brief. So it probably won’t surprise you that the book

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Rob Halliday: Why all of my work seems to revolve around food by Rob Halliday

So there I was at the lovely Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, taking part in an impromptu but fascinating conversation with a

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Rob Halliday: Stage managers channel chaos into order and creative freedom by Rob Halliday

Proof, if it were needed, that the world would be a calmer place if stage managers were appointed as presidents and prime

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Rob Halliday: ESTA needs your help to maintain global technical standards by Rob Halliday

The thing about a good standard is, you’ve probably never thought about it. It seems obvious and sensible that the plug goes

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Rob Halliday: Virtual reality technology at Plasa gave me a sneak preview of Hamilton by Rob Halliday

The Stage doesn’t go in for post-trade-show reports. But if it did, I hope that a post-Plasa report would have mentioned the

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Backstage: How the National reinvented theatre by Rob Halliday

It’s easy now to forget that the National Theatre was created in two parts. While the company turned 50 back in 2013,

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Rob Halliday: After 60 years, let’s celebrate the NYT’s technical stars by Rob Halliday

That the National Youth Theatre has just turned 60 suddenly makes you realise that its first youths can by no means be

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Rob Halliday: In a game of two halves, make sure you get to play both ends by Rob Halliday

I can’t be the only one to notice that entertainment technology is an industry of two halves: those who make the equipment,

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Rob Halliday: Human touch is vital, even after advances in followspot technology by Rob Halliday

An interesting difference you notice very quickly if you’re lucky enough to work on musicals in London and in New York: the

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Rob Halliday: Social division is clearer to theatre staff who tour the UK by Rob Halliday

‘Print lag’ – that unavoidable newsprint delay between the writing and the reading – means the sharp stab of shock at the

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Backstage: Technical crews, meet your new best friends by Rob Halliday

Tools are out there that you just don’t know you need – because you haven’t heard of them. Once you do, you’ll wonder

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Rob Halliday: Some things are more worthwhile than a career in entertainment by Rob Halliday

My mother died a few weeks ago. I say this not to provoke any wave of sympathy (though the support from the

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Rob Halliday: Be quick on the draw with internet software, Drafty by Rob Halliday

Get the word out: someone’s made us a new tool. It’s called Drafty. It lives on the internet. And if you make

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Rob Halliday: To buy or not to buy? Testing answers the question by Rob Halliday

This is the tale of two light bulbs. Except, really, it’s of a quest we should all be on before specifying products

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Rob Halliday: Time to ditch the paperwork and let consoles remember the cues by Rob Halliday

Shows, particularly shows with a long life across multiple productions, generate a lot of lighting paperwork: plans, sections (though sadly not always), focus

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Rob Halliday: It’s important to be social in this solitary career by Rob Halliday

It’s perhaps because lighting is such a solitary profession – there’s rarely more than one lighting designer on a gig, visits during

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Rob Halliday: Tracking the beaten path to a career behind the scenes by Rob Halliday

What are you doing now, and how did you end up doing that as your career? It’s a simple enough question in

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Rob Halliday: The magic of Les Mis may lie in the human touch by Rob Halliday

With apologies for being late to the celebration (in part, because I was helping light the celebration), happy 30th birthday, Les Miserables.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Plasa Show 2015 round-up by Rob Halliday

When the Plasa Show took over Excel London’s exhibition centre last week, Rob Halliday took a look at the entertainment technology showcase…

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Rob Halliday: Move forward but don’t forget the dyeline days by Rob Halliday

So, what the great computer death of 2015 (see last month’s column for the gory details) also revealed is that I’m a

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Rob Halliday: How to survive when your technology gives up by Rob Halliday

My laptop died. A weird, sudden, unexpected, unexplained death – ie, one which didn’t involve either physical trauma or spilled coffee. I

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Backstage: How Glasshill Studios revived the rehearsal space by Rob Halliday

It’s curious that for a city that prides itself on its live performance arts, London for so long had no proper spaces

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Rob Halliday: Leaving Manchester was possibly my biggest error by Rob Halliday

I generally try not to have regrets. It feels like there’s enough to get on with in life without worrying about what

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