- Promotional poster for Clusters of Light
Oratorio to open brand new amphitheatre in Islamic Culture Capital 2014 Sharjah, UAE
Rich projection, automation, live action and four of the Arabian music scene’s biggest names tell the story of Islam.
Edit to add Guardian review – http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2014/mar/30/islam-opera-clusters-light-life-prophet-mohammad-sharjah
Edit to add BBC Radio 4 interview (starts at 5’50”) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03z9gn0
Edit to add Youtube clip shared by Mohammad Assaf, one of the stars of the show. This clip appears to have been taken by an audience member ahead of the full-quality DVD being officially released shortly. http://youtu.be/PCpVJXBA3hk?t=47s The scene depicts the prophet arriving in the city and a camel choosing where he will bed down and make his base (A camel was thought to be unbiased!). That camel took months of training to behave so well…
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When you’re running a live show, you have a lot of pressures on you. When you’re running a show with multiple acts and links you have even more pressure – you have to hit your timings or break curfew. Venue curfews are to be taken seriously, only last year Bruce Springsteen broke his licensed slot and the promoter had to pull the plug on his set. That isn’t good for anyone – annoyed artists, disappointed punters, a fine from the council, and a massive pain in the backside all round.
To avoid breaking curfew, you hit your timings. If the headliner has a 21 minute slot and you have a 22:30 curfew, they HAVE to be performing at 22:09. That means a 2’30s link HAS to keep to time and start at 22:06:30… and backwards through the day. If you have 20 acts in a day, someone at the bottom of the billing overrunning means you have to cut time – and that had better not be the headliner who people paid to see!!
Attached is an excel template which you can use to plan and run multi-act events or any other events with tight timing (TV shows, etc). I created and have used this a few times and it works for me. Feel free to adapt it to your own needs. Read the rest of this entry »
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