Open Get-Ins | Every weekend
By far the best way to get involved with set is to come to an open get-in. Each get-in should have a event a few days before hand in the Bedlam Backstage! group which will have details. Doesn’t matter if you don’t know how to build, just turn up!
Workshops | Irregular, watch the group
Irregularly the Set Manager may organise a tool training or a other workshop where you can turn up and learn exactly what you want.
Shows Teams | Irregular, watch the group
It is uncommon, but if you watch the Bedlam Backstage page you will occasionally see shows asking for people to join their teams for set.
The Set Manager represents the needs of set in committee, and is responsible for training people with tools and maintaining the workshop and other storage areas.
While not directly related, the theatre manager can often give infomation about Health and Safety requirements of a particuarly large set, and help with licensing when required.
The Set Store is split between the balconies, the crypt, and pretty much anywhere there is space. Anything you can see in bedlam can probably be used for a play with permission, if you are looking for something in particular, ask the Set Manager!
You are welcome to paint the stage blocks and flats whatever colour you wish, but please don’t drill into the facing of them. There are some new flats of sizes:
If you want to hang a picture on a flat, hang it with fishing wire that is attached into the cls on the back.
You are welcome to paint the stage blocks and flats whatever colour you wish, but please don’t drill into the facing of them.
Bedlam has a selection of wooden deck and modular stairs. Please talk to the Set Manager before use. If you are using multiple platforms pay attention to the lettering on the underneath. It is current composed of:
10x 8’x4’ Platforms
2x 4’x4’ Platforms
18x 3’ Tread Units
9x 4’ Tread Units
A more detailed summary can be found in the Catalogue.
Bedlam has two pieces of 2x1 meter steel deck for use. I have yet to find any legs for them so you will need to hire these separately.
Deck is usually hired, but can sometimes be borrowed for EUSA. Common hire companies are:
If you want to have a level (deck, self built, whatever) higher than 600mm, you need to apply for a raised structure permit. There is a fee for the license. Talk to the Theatre Manager if you want to do it.
Bedlam has a large collection of various lengths of scaffolding poles which live under the stage left balcony walkway. Fixed and swivel clamps can be found in the scaff parts storage nearby. Please talk to the Set Manager before cutting any.
Here is a (incomplete) list of the lengths of scaff that we have in the scaff store
Sets need to be safe. Everything can be discussed and negotiated with the Theatre Manager, but an unsafe set may result in a play not going up until it is rectified. Health and Safety is usually the responsibility of the Stage Manager and the Theatre Manager
The most common points to watch out for are:
Differences in height (e.g. a step) need to be clearly marked out, usually with white tape.
Large sheets of canvas, flammable materials hanging off the rig, or anything that presents a large fire risk must under go a flame test. There is a stock of Flamecheck for use on materials like these. Please talk to the Set Manager if you are unsure.
Sets with large differences in height need to have railings, or be at the very least you should be able to prove there is not a significant fall risk to the Theatre Manager.
Things need to be well put together, and not ready to collapse and cause panic during a show.