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Dr Dee: An English Opera


Client:
Jim Leaver for Manchester International Festival
Scope:
Lighting, sound and projection truss & towers
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There was once an Englishman so influential that he defined how we measure years, so quintessential that he lives on in Shakespeare’s words, yet so shrouded in mystery that he’s fallen from the pages of history. That man was Dr Dee – astrologer, courtier, alchemist and spy.

The world premiere of Dr Dee: An English Opera took place at the Manchester International Festival 2011. Written by Damon Albarn, Blur and Gorillaz frontman, and directed by Rufus Norris, it will premiere in London on 25 June 2012 at the London Coliseum as part of the London 2012 Festival to mark the capital’s hosting of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Unusual Rigging designed, manufactured and installed:
  • All front of house light and sound trusses
  • 5 auditorium trusses for lighting, sound and projection
  • 4 lighting towers – 2 in the auditorium, 2 on stage
  • Assisted Stage One, hanging 10 chain hoists for building the 'Bridge'.
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