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The history of matters backstage
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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Oct 09, 2004 8:30 am ]
Post subject:  The history of matters backstage

Technical Talk
By Robin Johnson for The Stage

What do candles, fly buttons, waterfalls, trap doors, elephants and Portsmouth have in common? Not much? In fact they were all part of a fascinating couple of hours I spent last week in Glasgow.

Credit is due to the ABTT’s Archaeology Committee, the Theatres Trust and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, whose public session presented a captivating insight into the history of stage lighting, effects and some of the more unusual technical and social developments which theatre has witnessed.

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