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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Lighting designer Rob Halliday: Good show lighting is art and craft in harmony by Rob Halliday

Recently, I went to see Hamilton. Yes, late to the party I know, but sometimes working in theatre means you don’t get

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Rob Halliday: Light, said Fred – why theatre owes a debt to those behind the behind the scenes by Rob Halliday

Is it possible that theatre is built in three layers? On stage. Behind the scenes. And then behind the behind the scenes:

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Lighting designer Rob Halliday: Will we be able to work in the EU on March 30? Nobody knows… by Rob Halliday

Can we just think for a minute about a friend of mine, who has a gig on March 30 – in Europe.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Lighting designer Rob Halliday: Building design is as key to the theatre experience as what goes on stage by Rob Halliday

Any way you look at it, and whatever your political views, March is shaping up to be quite the debacle from which

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Rob Halliday: Theatre freelances are more prevalent, but it’s still hard to get a mortgage by Rob Halliday

If I were more entrepreneurial or much better connected, the business I’d be getting myself into right now is providing mortgages for

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Lighting designer Rob Halliday: Latest EU draft Ecodesign regulations prove illuminating by Rob Halliday

I promised to write more about the saga of lighting and European Union rules as soon as there was more. And now

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Rob Halliday: Stage lighting is not just about what you see, but how you feel by Rob Halliday

My five-year-olds appear to have discovered lighting – by which I mean in their bedroom they have LED reading lights that can

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Rob Halliday: Theatre colleagues are like family and losing them is just as tough by Rob Halliday

Our world is not quite like other worlds. The work isn’t work so much, as all-encompassing life. The time spent doing it

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Rob Halliday: No news turns out to be good news on EU lighting regulations by Rob Halliday

What happens to a story after it stops being headline news? After the initial urgency has gone, it often seems to gently

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Rob Halliday: As Bill Brohn showed, orchestrators perform a special kind of magic by Rob Halliday

Perhaps stage wizardry only seems like magic if you can’t figure out how it’s done. And to some, theatrical lighting may feel

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Rob Halliday: Working 10 to 2 (am), what a way to make a living by Rob Halliday

It feels like we could do with a break from the UK and lighting this month – although because of your support,

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Rob Halliday: EU lighting to-do is about much more than what goes on backstage by Rob Halliday

Yes, this is lighting and the EU again. Sorry. No, actually, not sorry. Because the more you dive into this, the more

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Rob Halliday: EU lighting changes threaten the entire theatre industry by Rob Halliday

Whether you think you care about lighting or not, it is vital that you pay attention right now. Please. Otherwise, in just

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Rob Halliday: ‘Technology advances design but it’s the collaboration that counts’ by Rob Halliday

I have a memory of watching the movie Titanic when it was first released and thinking, “Crap, we’re in trouble.” The ‘we’

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Rob Halliday: Enjoy the calm in the eye of the technical rehearsal storm by Rob Halliday

As a kid, I was fascinated with the eye of the storm, the calm at the very centre of a raging hurricane.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Rob Halliday: Fingers crossed the EU sees the light over theatre tungsten ban by Rob Halliday

The use of our beloved tungsten light bulbs in entertainment is again under threat by the European Union’s well-meaning, but in certain

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Rob Halliday: For lighting technicians, time flickers at a capricious pace by Rob Halliday

For something so intrinsically precise, time is strangely malleable and bending time is a big part of what we do in theatre.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Rob Halliday: What next for lighting consoles? by Rob Halliday

It must be so frustrating, being a manufacturer of lighting consoles. Just when they think they’ve solved the problems of fading lights

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Rob Halliday: Rebranding theatre shows as ‘start-ups’ could pay dividends by Rob Halliday

Unless you’re a tech nerd, you’ll probably have no idea who Scott Forstall is. Yet, chances are a product he helped create

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Rob Halliday: Standing on the shoulders of giants helped light my path by Rob Halliday

Sometimes, you know you want to say something, but don’t quite know what. So here goes. I worked for Michael Bogdanov –

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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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