Last week on Monday the 20th March, the full 1st year TTA course visited Glyndebourne Opera House in Lewes, West Sussex. They were all taken on a full backstage tour of the Venue and were given a talk on the origin of the opera house, and on the yearly repertoire Glyndebourne season. They were also given a tour to all of their making departments, which include full bespoke costume tailoring, wig making, and prop making, which all happens on site up to a year in advance of a production. They were also given a tour of the Rehearsal Spaces and of the full Country House Grounds.
This week, on Tuesday the 28th March the 1st year Stage Management Students were taken on a backstage tour of the Royal Albert Hall, where they were also given a full backstage tour, which included a visit to departments such as programming, catering, marketing, and most excitingly the suspended wire grid which sits 45m above the Auditorium. Each of the students were given the opportunity to walk out onto the grid and see the Hall as very few get to. They were also taken into the roof, which is assembled as a single piece that sits atop the building, weighing 617 Tonnes.