Independent providers of specialist rigging services, Rigging Team, have been working with students at Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance, helping deliver a live event staged at the college.
Created as an opportunity to study working as part of a live production crew, the show allowed students to gain valuable experience, experimenting with a range of professional, industry equipment.
Rigging Team managing director, Adam Searle comments, “Rigging Team are proud to have donated equipment in support of the project at Rose Bruford. Along with the regular training and tuition we provide, we’re always keen to help deliver experiences such as this to students looking to become part of our industry.”
The company provided a number of their EXE-Rise Hoists with Out Board Electronics controllers, plus cabling to the event. The hoists were of particular use, allowing the crew to easily configure and secure the trusses, without the need for working at height. The ability to manoeuvre the truss down to a safe level and angle, meant that access to the truss mounted fixtures was made both quick and simple.
Describing the event, student Daniel Holland, technical manager for the project, said, “We created a live show featuring a band and DJ, which was live-streamed, as social distancing restrictions prevented us from having an audience. The equipment, kindly provided by Rigging Team, was used to fly four angled trusses, containing a mixture of intelligent washes and beam fixtures, as well as VDO Sceptrons.”
In the absence of a live audience presence, the production team elected to use the second half of the project to shoot a music video. Making full use of Rigging Team equipment, the crew were able to quickly change the rig configuration, creating a range of looks in a short period of time.
Daniel continues, “The venue, the Rose Theatre, which is in the round, presented a number of challenges for flying the equipment allocated to the show. Assistance provided by Rigging Team really helped us shape the space to end-on and to safely achieve the look we wanted, making the most of the height and curve of the venue. This acted as a great learning experience – which is what it was all about!”
Adam concludes “It’s been a pleasure working with the Rose Bruford team on this project. We’re always delighted to offer to our support on productions such as this, to provide access to equipment and to help the ‘next generation’ gain important hands-on experience – particularly when they create such great results”
Daniel adds “We are extremely grateful for the generosity of Rigging Team, alongside other companies in the live events industry, for supporting us on this project. The show allowed us a greater insight into the equipment, as well as introducing us to the great people of the industry. We were all able to learn a lot from the project, whether it was about design, project management or technical skills. We would like to say a massive thank you to all concerned”.