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Chris Peterson, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Assistant Stage Manager, writes from Granada, where the Company are performing this week. With the Spanish heat, the performance is taking place at 10.30pm, and the three hour difference in start times is having some curious knock-on effects to the rest of the working day…


Last night we started early evening. The stage staff finished building the Coppélia set, and when it got dark, the lighting team started focussing the rig. After a BBQ dinner at 1:30am, focussing continued, and then a light session under the stars and a beautiful full moon until the sun came up.

Back to the hotel for a nightcap of scrambled eggs and sausages before bed. It’s now half past 3 in the afternoon and [Lighting Technician] Andy Russell and I are catching up on a bit more sleep and catching some rays by the pool before we start work again this evening.

The stage crew are in at 6:30pm to lay the lino for class as it can’t be left out all day as it will melt or warp in the sun. Class is 7.30pm til 8.30pm then there’s a Copppélia rehearsal 9pm until half past midnight! Then might have to do some more lighting afterwards. Hopefully done by 2am tonight fingers crossed.

The performance tomorrow starts at about 10.30pm. That’s then followed by a changeover to our triple bill [Take Five, The Grand Tour and The Dream] which includes a full refocus and more lighting, so that will be another 7am finish x

Chris P.


Greetings from Japan!
After a very successful time at Kamakura, yesterday (Sunday) was the get-in day at U-Port Hall Tokyo, the first of our double-bill venues. Thankfully, U-Port backstage is a lot bigger than Kamakura, so that should make for a more pleasant couple of days! Today is piano rehearsal day, with Daphnis and Chloé being rehearsed the afternoon, followed by The Dream this evening.

As well as working hard, we have had a bit of time to see a few of the sights. For myself, this included an early morning trip to see the Great Buddha of Kamakura, a giant bronze statue in the grounds of the Kotokuin Temple. I also had time to go up the Landmark Tower in Yokohama, the 3rd tallest structure in Japan. To get to the sky garden observatory, you travel up in the worlds 2nd fastest lift. Travelling at 750 meters per minute, it only takes about 40seconds to get from floor 2 to floor 69! but unfortunately, the weather restricted my view, and by the time I left, you couldn’t see a thing out the windows!!

We have also been enjoying the local cuisine! Lots of sushi, noodles and dumplings have been consumed! Johnny, Andy, Andy, El and I enjoyed a meal out where we had to cook our own meat (and veg for Johnny) on a fire in the middle of our table, which included some tasty intestines- upper and lower, apparently!

Off to the theatre now for me. Keep your fingers crossed for us that the weather stays sunny for us now.. although reports seem to suggest some more rain. Joy.

Bye for now!

ChrisP x

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