How to Set the Stage for Your Next Production – by Jamie Squillare
I’m Jamie Squillare and it’s pleasure for me to share my knowledge.
In Part 1 we spoke about the first 3 types of stages, now it’s time to continue with the rest.
The audience surround a central stage on all four sides and it is quite often raised for an improved view. The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester is a prime example of this type of stage.
FLEXIBLE THEATRE STAGE
Sometimes referred to as a black box theatre because it is often just that. A big empty box painted black on the inside. There is no fixed seating or stage, allowing them to be moved around according to the production or the needs of the Director. The Octagon Theatre in Bolton, built in 1967, allows for this kind of flexibility.
PROFILE THEATRE STAGE
This refers to a space that has other uses such as a basketball stadium and can be converted for theatre performances. Quite often the audience sits in risers along two sides of the playing space, and there are few or no people sat at the ends. Because of this arrangement some scenery can be placed at either end.
SPORTS ARENA STAGE
Sports arenas double up as venues for musical performances or live theatre. A temporary stage will normally be set up at one end of the arena and the audience can be situated in front of the stage and sat in risers.The O2 in London, that was constructed quite recently, is an excellent example of this kind of stage.