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Theatre uses downtime to check equipment


Technical manager JR Richardson and team have been busy servicing 130 of the Theatre Royal’s lights.

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Technical manager JR Richardson and team have been busy servicing 130 of the Theatre Royal’s lights.

The Theatre Royal’s backstage is being scrubbed and serviced in anticipation of the theatre’s eventual return.

Technical manager JR Richardson spent Thursday servicing Philips Selecon Pacific spotlights with his crew. The theatre has over 130 of the lights in total.

Normally, the service would have been done in January, Richardson said, during a typically quiet time of year for the theatre.

However, due to current distancing requirements, the theatre was unable to open. This made it the perfect time to get into a state of readiness for its eventual return under the Covid-19 protection framework.

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Theatre Royal technical manager JR Richardson amid the theatre’s spotlights.

BRADEN FASTIER / STUFF

Theatre Royal technical manager JR Richardson amid the theatre’s spotlights.

A full service of the theatre’s backstage would take nine days. In addition to checking and servicing the lights, the team of three would clean the back of the theatre, maintain the fly bars and speakers, as well as performing an electrical test. They would also vacuum the stage’s curtains.

Richardson said it was tough at the moment for medium and small venues, which could occasionally fall under the radar due to the focus on large scale events such as festivals.

Unlike other Nelson venues, the theatre was unable to open due to being too small to maintain the two-metre distance required during Alert Level 2.

Recently, a pirate pantomine was held at Red Door Theatre instead of at the Theatre Royal.

Richardson added that when the Theatre Royal did reopen, it would be using the vaccination passport programme.

Everyone in the building would be fully vaccinated.

This follows news that The Theatre Royal was calling for people to get vaccinated so the performing arts could start putting on shows again.

The campaign was launched by Theatre Royal Nelson manager Eliane Polack, and was joined by Nelson Centre of Musical Arts and other local organisations.

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Eliane Polack, manager of the Theatre Royal Nelson, which was repainted as part of an upgrade of the Rutherford St theatre. Video first published in May 2021.



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