Most of us in the technical side of theatre acquire our practical knowledge from the theatres we work in and the people we work with. It has been my privilege to have worked with some very talented colleagues who work miracles with materials and come up with extremely imaginative solutions to technical and craft problems. However, very few of the techniques, formulas, etc., are recorded for future reference. While this lack of record sometimes results in a new discovery, more often the attempt to reconstruct a previously achieved solution results in a great deal of lost time. Technical theatre workers usually have an interest in sharing their ideas and work, but the priority is to get on with the next solution — not to describe ...

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