Watch: Stage managing The Metamorphosis
Acclaimed production isn’t just about dance, it’s also about treacle.
21 March 2013 at 11.50am | Comment on this article
Stage management is a tricky business. Co-ordinating the lighting, sound and all other technical aspects of a show takes diplomacy, dedication and real skill. In the case of Arthur Pita’s The Metamorphosis, it’s a sticky business too.
The production sees stage manager Ian Taylor and his team preparing over 10 litres of treacle for every show to be smeared all over Edward Watson, the rest of the cast and the stage.
‘We’re like air traffic control, telling every little plane what to do to get a safe landing,’ Ian told Kristen McNally at a recent ROH Insights event that revealed the level of detail required when the team stage a production.
Watch our insight into staging The Metamorphosis:
The Metamorphosis runs until 23 March and is sold out, though returns may become available.
The role of Gregor Samsa (performed by Edward Watson) is generously supported by Derek and Sheila Watson