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Get­ting behind the scenes

nigel2002KS4 stu­dent under­tak­ing a BTEC Music Qual­i­fi­ca­tion vis­ited the Mar­lowe The­atre as part of their stud­ies focus­ing on the music indus­try. Hav­ing the oppor­tu­nity to go behind the scenes of the largest the­atre in Kent when they were in the throws of set­ting up for a Water­boys gig that evening was very for­tu­nate, and with a bril­liant guide in the form of the Tech­ni­cal Direc­tor at the the­atre as were able to ask loads of ques­tions about how venues oper­ate, pro­mo­tion, mar­ket­ing and even the ‘crazy’ rid­ers that some artists insist upon when they per­form. We vis­ited all cor­ners of the the­atre from the very depths to the high­est point and even hav­ing a go work­ing the spot­lights. We also had a sneaky peek at the cast of the Christ­mas pan­tomine in rehearsals in the stu­dio get­ting the chance to say hi to CBee­bies Mr Maker and ‘Roxy’ from Eas­t­en­ders. All in all, an excel­lent day pro­vid­ing a mas­sive insight into every­thing that goes into mak­ing a live pro­duc­tion work.