Because our team is built from Theatre professionals, many of us continue to work in the industry we love.
Senior Consultant Alex Wardle, recently designed the lighting for the hugely successful production of Sebastian Faulks's ‘Birdsong’, which is back on the road for the third time this year. He also designed the lighting for ‘My Perfect Mind’, which transfers off Broadway in June and then in August he will be taking ‘Flarepath’ out on tour with Original Theatre and Birdsong productions. He also finds time to play violin with the Winchester Symphony Orchestra.
Ben Hanson worked alongside Johan Engels on ‘The Passenger’ for English National Opera at the Coliseum designing the stage sets. Chris Dales was lighting operator for the ACS Random production of ‘Hamlet’ at Finsbury Park in December.
Byron Harrison, an accomplished musician, is playing tenor trombone with London-based musical ensembles, including performances of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and Brahms’ Symphony No. 3, this spring and summer.
Senior Consultant Ian Stickland has worked as technical designer on ‘The Adventure’ by Bad Physics which is currently on tour but due to take up a short run at the Lyric, Hammersmith in May. Freya Martin was Stage Manager for ‘A Warring Absence’ at the Dylan Fitzrovia Festival in 2014 which played at both National Theatre (Olivier) and the Welsh Chapel, Fitzrovia.
Across the Atlantic in our US office they’ve been busy too. In July 2014, John Owens, head of US Studio, and Jerad Schomer, US Theatre Consultant, collaborated on Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford’s acclaimed production of ‘Macbeth’ at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. John worked as Associate Sound Designer, and Jerad as Technical Director on this massive production involving building a complete 1,100 seat theatre from scratch in the cavernous Drill Hall.
Jerad Schomer and US Theatre Consultant Clemeth Abercrombie also led technical efforts on ‘Tears Become...Streams Become’, Douglas Gordon’s collaboration with the pianist Helene Grimaud, also at the Park Avenue Armory. Clemeth (for ARUP) provided Production Engineering Design, and Jerad, Technical Direction, on this environmental installation involving 150,000 gallons of water and a single grand piano.
Jerad Schomer went on tour as production manager in 2014 with Academy Award Nominee Johann Johannson’s ‘The Miner’s Hymns’, a live-score film piece about the demise of coal mining in Northern England. Initially, a US tour only, this expanded to include a stop in Reykjavik, headlining the Iceland Airwaves Festival, in a performance with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra at Harpa Hall.
As a whole, the Charcoalblue team have designed sound for musicals in the West End and Broadway, lit shows at Glyndebourne Opera House, The National Theatre (Cottesloe), Bristol Old Vic, West Yorkshire Playhouse, New Victory Theatre in NY, The Deutsche Opera Berlin and The Gate in London and even worked on elements of the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony and the list continues to grow.