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Recreating The Flying Dutchman

Recreating the effects from ‘The Flying Dutchman’ – The 1958 production of ‘The Flying Dutchman’ at Sadler’s Wells, was one of the iconic uses of theatrical FX projection. Shane Guy’s installation (which runs for ~15 minutes) aims to recreate all the effects from the initial storm, the arrival of the Dutchman’s ship and the finale. This uses seventeen projectors with a range of effect units, many currently unavailable including the chromatrope, waves and hand operated lightning.

Following the piece there will be the opportunity for questions on the recreation, the equipment, and the wider research project which is exploring traditional effects projection and attempting to catalogue as much of the British past inventory, of equipment, as possible.

There will also be a display of other effect projection equipment and other oddities acquired as part of the work.

Hawthorn Theatricals installation of the new grid Hawthorn Theatrical have recently upgraded the grid from a static grid to a motorised system. This had a number of challenges due to the nature of the building including the ‘experimental’ roof structure. Nick Key from Hawthorns will talk about and demo the installation.

How to get there:

By road: From M1 J26, take the A610 signed Nottingham towards the City centre for approx miles 2 ½ miles (crossing 2 large roundabouts with the A6002, B6008)

At the outer ring road traffic lights (A6514, Western Boulevard) turn left, following the signs for the (Tram) Park & Ride. After 100 yards, again follow the signs for the Park and ride and turn right into Wilkinson Street. After 500 yards turn left into the park and ride and then get the tram for the City Centre. [There is essentially no parking at the University and only a little pay and display on surrounding streets] By Rail: To Nottingham train station then by tram (use the overbridge from the platform to get to the tram stop.)

By Tram: From the station all tram services are suitable, from Wilkinson Street Park & Ride, all services to the City Centre / Station Street are suitable.

Get off at the Nottingham Trent University stop. Walk away from the city centre (in the same direction as the trams) for 100 yards. The Waverley Building is opposite the cemetery on the traffic light junction of Waverley Street and Peel Street. (It’s the large Victorian building with the clock tower).

Date : 12.30pm January 14th 2009.


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