I have just published ‘The Operator Connects’, an online mixed media ‘essay’ that describes my research investigation into the role of the theatre lighting operator.
In theatres the lighting operator is conventionally located in a control room at the rear of the auditorium, out of view and disconnected from the stage action. There is little expectation in conventional theatre practice that the operator will be creatively involved in the moment of performance.
In my research I proposed the role might be changed to engage the operator with the creative realisation of the performance. My investigation took place through a research-performance Passages. ‘The Operator Connects’ comprises a collection of inter-related mini-essays in video, diagram, image and text forms, offering the reader diverse ways to explore and interrogate the research process and outcomes.
Go to www.passages-project.org.uk and follow the link.