Wednesday, 25 May 2011


During the production I believe I developed vital skills and gained valuable knowledge as this was the first time I had ever been involved in the creating of a production. In the beginning of the production i didnt really understand the work and effort it took into creating a musical, i didnt expect it to be so difficult and time consuming. it took me a while to understand how productions work and how they are staged and all the backround work that had to be done in order for the production to be a success. As the prodcution progressed so did my abilities as i started to understand more and more about productions and started to grow confidence.
When working in groups I felt more comfortable as it was a team effort, I believe i contributed consistentley and wasnt afraid to get my point across. i was part of the graphics group and our task was to create the poster for the play. This was a big challenge as i knew the poster was the main attraction for the audience to come to the production. I struggled with making the poster as i felt my final poster was not good enough as it seemed to plain and dull. Thnakfully as a group we came together, combining all our ideas and making a poster as a group, which was a great success.
Overall I had a lot of up and down's during this production, learning and understanding many things and greatly enjoying my experience. I gained a lot of vital skills such as team work, communication, listening and leadership skills, these will come in use for future employment. I enjoyed being part of this production and learnt many things which i never thought i would, and i am greatful for this valuable experience.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Health and safety in Theatre production

Risk assesment

Pre Production

Use of power tools - Wear safety clothing/ goggles
Cutting equipment - Use cutting mats/ cut awat from body/ dont carry open knives around
Use of paint & glue/ solvents - Use water based liquids, make sure u clean up spills
Using suitable materials - Check out fire retardency rules for particular venue.
Heavy lifting - Lift in groups/ lift using knees and not back to prevent serious injury.
Ensure that props are safe for performers - Make sure person in plant stays hydrated as they are going to spend a long time in a small area.


Stage blackout, tripping, falling & colliding - Use of torches, all scenery positions clearly marked on the floor
Height hazard, falling of stage - Clear annoucments to the crew, pulling curtains during a blackout
Props being lost, misused - Keep props on a specific table, logged and under control of the prop manager
Moving scenery - All crew have specific, well rehearsed job roles
Crowd control - Controlled ticket sales, staff on the door, clear signs, research the seating limit of the venue, seating plan
Fire - Loud and clear announcments, signs and signals/ usual fire precautions.

Whilst planning a production we had to take into consideration the health and safety situations which can occur during a production. During the production we had to make sure everything was running smoothly and had to stay aware of dangerous situations, such as spills on the floor, props laying around, cutting equipment left open and to many people in one room. Making this risk assesment guide helped me to understand all the things which can go wrong during a production and also helped me to find a solution on how to solve these dangeorus situation.

Legal aspects

                                             LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
                                       Book and lyrics by HOWARD ASHMAN
                                                     Music by ALAN MENKEN
                      Based on the film by roger corman screenplay by Charles Griffith
     Originally produced by the WPA theatre (Kyle renick, producing director)                                                                                                                                                                                  Originally produced at the Orpheum theatre, New York City, by the WPA theatre, David Geffen, Cameron and the Shubert organisation
                     LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS                                                                                                                                                                                                              
            Was originally directed by Howard Ashman: Musical staging by Edie cowman
  This amateur production is presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LTD. On behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of NEW YORK

This information was license for us to prove that we were not using anything which was deemed as copyright, this information is also evidence that everything we did was legal.
  1. What responsibilities should be considered when advertising to the public?
When creating an advertisement which will be viewed by the public many aspects come into consideration mainly being if it is suitable and appropriate to be viewed. Whether an advertisement is presented in text or images, certain subjects which may be included in an advertisement may be copyright or inappropriate for the viewers. You have to take these situations into consideration as it is important to your publicity factor and can make or break your advertisement.
2.   How did this impact on your promotional campaign for the show?
My role was to create the poster for the show so I had to take legal and offensive aspects into consideration before creating the poster. I had to make sure my poster didnt contain anything which was copyright or have any content which would offend a viewer. The main situation which I faced was making sure the picture in my poster didnt contain anything which was copyright. I also made sure that my poster didnt contain anything which would offend any viewers.
The ASA is the UK's independent watchdog, who are committed to maintaining high standards in the benefit of consumers, advertisers and society. The ASA make sure that adverts remain legal, decent, honest and truthful for the watching viewers. They also investigate complaints and also monitor and take action against misleading, harmful or offending advertisements. The ASA make sure that the advertisements do what they say and do not generate false hope to viewers.
The ASA deal with the following types of marketing communication to make sure that they are advertising properly and not doing anything iliegal.

  • Print and press ads

  • Posters

  • Television commercials

  • Radio ads

  • Internet ads (banner and display ads and paid-for search)

  • Marketing communications on companies' own websites and in other, non-paid-for space under their own control

  • E-mail and text messages

  • Direct mail

  • Competitions, special offers

  • Sales promotions

  • Cinema commercials

  • Teleshopping

  •  How important is regulation in media? Why?
    Regulations are highly important in media as it prevents advertisements being false or inapropriate and help make the advertising industry more trustworthy for viewers. Having regulations helps keep the media clean as without regulations advertisements could claim false facts and inapropriate texts and images. So it is hugely important that there are regulations in the media, not only for the advertisements but also the people who view the advertisements.

    Regulations in the media

    PPC- Press Complaint Commision.
    ASA- Advertising Standing Authority.
    OFCOM- Regulatory body for communications industry.

    These are organisations which are responsible for regulating all advertising in the UK

    These are a list of examples of an image or subject which can be assumed as inappropiate and offensive.
    _ Drinking alcohol
    _ Drug taking
    _ Nudity
    _ Smoking ciggarettes
    _ Violence
    _ Animal cruelty
    _ Death & injury
    _ Criminal acts
    _ People doing dangerous things
    _ Advertisers making false claims
    _ Sexual contents

    Looking at this list you can understand why all of these points portray a bad situation and can be viewed as inappropiate. If advertising these kind of situations, companies must make sure that they advertise them in a reasonable manor which is suitable for viewers to watch.

    Thursday, 19 May 2011

    Group discussion notes

    These are group discussion notes which me and my group produced, this is highly important because as a group we came toghther and contributed to our own ideas. These notes contained our brainstormed ideas on our poster, this was vital as it gave us an insight on how we were going to create out poster. Discussion notes were important as we were able to join our ideas toghther and develop a strong imagination on what our poster will look like.

    Wednesday, 5 January 2011

    How productions are staged

    Productions like The little shop of horrors, Cats and Miss Saigon are usually staged in theatres as plays especially in broadway in front of an large audience. I researched these to give me an insight on how plays are organised and staged and to help me understand the way productions are produced.

    Little shop of horrors


    Miss saigon

     Les miserables