Short Courses / Technical

Technology and the Stage

  2 days / 10.30am-5.30pm

Exploring stage technologies, lighting and sound

Course Fees


Course Information

Course Begins: 02/03/19
Duration: 2 days, 10.30am-5.30pm
When: Weekends
Ages: 16+


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Day One - Lighting

During this workshop we aim to offer an overview of lighting in a theatrical setting and examine the value and uses of lighting design as an important element of theatre production. By examining the aims of lighting design, as well as all the basic tools available to us, we take lighting from observation, to a ‘how to’ guide to basic lighting for theatre production. The course includes - instrument introduction, with hands on experience of rigging and focusing each lamp; use of the ETC control system to patch and create different looks (cues); choosing angles for lighting to greatest effect; looking at how to use colour; and a look at the development of a lighting design from script to stage.

By the end of the day we’ll be focusing lights on a basic set, and plotting lighting states that can move fluidly from one mood to another.
There will be a short scene as prescribed reading for this course, to be advised in advance.

The course is a combination of presentation based learning and hands on experience of working with lighting equipment.

Day Two - Sound Design

This course takes you through how to create a Sound Design for a Theatre production. It will look at examples of Sound Designs in shows and explain the process of producing, editing and assembling the sounds in the show.

Topics covered include:

Sourcing, recording and editing sound effects
Sound Systems- Mixing Desks, Speakers, Effects
Basic Microphone use
Playback using QLab Software

The course will include a practical session where participants will work from a short section of script to produce and assemble a sound design sequence.

Cancellation Policy click to

The full course fee is payable as acceptance of an offer of a place on the course.

In the event of cancellation more than one month prior to the course start date, a sum of €100 will be retained to cover administration costs.

A withdrawal less than one month before the course start date will result in the forfeiture of the entire fee.

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It is strongly recommended that all participants insure themselves to cover the loss of fees in the event of illness, for which The Lir Academy cannot accept any liability.

” “Very enjoyable experience with excellent tutors, well equipped and comfortable facilities and a good mix of lecture style v’s practical hand on activities . Class size was not too big which allowed more opportunity for individual interaction and asking questions. I would recommend it to anyone interested in or just starting out on the “technical” side of theatre who is looking for a good introduction to the tools and methods involved.”


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