During my 3rd year at Hull College I have had to write a dissertation I will be showing the development of the dissertation over the next few months. as follows this is my introduction for my Dissertation
Theatre has been around for centuries dating back from as early as the Greeks the history of theatre is not a subject that can be found quite easily especially in the areas of the people who work backstage such as the Stage Management team this part of the theatre industry is known as the unspoken sector of theatre. According to Maccoy, P (2002) and Fazio, L (2000) Stage Management dates back to as early as the Elizabethan/Jacobean period we could start to see the formation of the Stage Manager however this was never acknowledged as this role but as the Book Keeper. Theatre vastly moved on since then when this industry started to say there is a Stage Manager and an Assistant Stage Manager periods such as the Second World War. Now within modern times there is the Stage Manager, Deputy Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager.
The question when thinking about this team is where did they come from? How did they form? What specifically does this industry do? These types of questions are usually answered within books, Youtube videos and surveys but when audiences step foot into the theatre they are guilty of never thinking of the backstage teams. The ones that without them the show couldn’t be performed within a theatre space the ones that make sure that the cast and crew are there on time that the paperwork is done on time and all Health and Safety issues are addressed. The ones who look after the show in the dark, yes a lot of people visit the theatre but will never understand what happens within the backstage industry unless they study the topic due to the backstage being so hidden so unspoken about but why is this? Why is theatre generally so unspoken about?.
We may forget about the Stage Manager who works on schedules so with the Production Manager so that the show can be completed on time for the first night working within the Stage Management budget for props to be used within rehearsal spaces and on the stage or the Deputy Stage Manager without who the lighting, automation effects or the sound wouldn’t happen on time, the person who sits in on rehearsals watching the performance grow from day 1 to the last show marking down the movement of anyone on stage to assist the Director. But this is where this study will help those who don’t quite understand the Stage Management team very well.
This dissertation will look at the Technical and Production Arts industry specifically Stage Management the first chapter will help the reader understand the history of Stage Management how the team formed as it is important to see how such a team formed throughout history this subject was chosen for that reason alone as this will define the different roles within Stage Management throughout different periods of history and will look at how modern day team formed from the “Book Keeper” to the Deputy Stage Manager
Divulging further into the team the second chapter will be an examination of the Deputy Stage Manager this chapter will be looking from an academic perspective looking into books and YouTube videos in order to comprehend the role of a Deputy Stage Manager from generic skill sets using sources such as Palmer. S. (2002) The Essential Guide to Stage Management Lighting & Sound, Palin. G (1989) Stage Management The Essential Guide and etc from these sources we can understand the generic attributes of the role in question this will aid in the study of how the Stage Management team specifically the Deputy Stage Manager works.
After the examination of the Deputy Stage Manager from an academic view the dissertation will elaborate and examine the role from a professional view using a online survey as the main focus point for professionals such as Production Managers Stage Managers, Deputy Stage Managers and etc to fill out the survey, going from generic skill sets to greater depth looking at the role from different types of theatre and what skills are needed within Musicals for example. Once this has been established the argument can form by evaluating the academic opinion and the professional opinion and collating them together this will be in order to see the differences in opinions and be able to form an argument on which source is more reliable to people that are going out into our industry.