Hi, I'm Mark Ellis - I work backstage as a Stage Technician.
I was trained at Theatr Clwyd many years ago and decided to leave my law firm job to return. As part of my role at the theatre I build sets, perform scene changes and also rig and fly scenery.
I'm going to talk you through the fit-up of the Home, I’m Darling set into the Anthony Hopkins Theatre in 2019.
"It was amazing to put together - like a huge doll's house!"
I've put some tech talk in here for you, but in case you don’t know what it all means.
Booms are scaffold bars connected together to make frames or stands to hang things off
Borders are big black bits of material 16m x 3m that hang from bars to cover the set or lighting bars
Masking is used to hide what is going on behind the set usually
Up and downersare bars that go up and down stage rather than across
For more trips backstage with Mark, check out his personal blog here: https://markellisstagetech.blogspot.com/
Home, I’m Darling by Laura Wade was a co-production between Theatr Clwyd and the National Theatre. The designer was Anna Fleischle.