Arjan's Show-Biz Centre
An online store specialising in products for the theatre and entertainment
industries: make-up, SFX products, costumes and stagewear.
A Tech Stage Crew
A company which provides tech crews for all kinds of events, including
major concerts. The site lists its services (often with photographs)
and its rates.
The Creative - Media Solution
A site in Polish and English. This is a design and production studio
for multimedia events which has had a great deal of success in Poland:
details and pics on the site. Gosha (Malgorzata Szablowska) who runs
it has recently moved to the UK.
A professional theare designer who is now making his work available
to amateur companies at very reasonable fees. Pages include: about
Mr Benson, shows available for hire, pro sets for amateur prices,
designs and how to contact him.
The Blue Room Technical
A wide range of UK-based discussion forums about technical apects
of theatre: general, lighting, effects and pyro, staging and rigging,
stage management, wardobe, props, sound and AV, safety. It's reasonably
busy and contains much of interest.
Costume Guild UK
An international society formed to promote the advancement of costume design and construction.
The Costume Studio Ltd
A company that manufactures and hires out stage costumes, based in Islington. A little bit about the company, some very small pics of some of their costumes, and details of design and manufacturing services.
Craig's influence as a designer was very great but this site, as it
stands at present, doesn't tell us much. A tribute to him, it assumes
a lot of knowledge. It is incomplete, but little seems to have been
done on it for over six months.
J William Davis Theatrics
J William Davis has experience as a theatre designer, architect and
commercial artist. Originally from the United States, he now lives
and works in London. The site gives his CV and shows a wide range
of his designs for plays and operas. His credits include woek for
Glyndebourne, the Roundhouse, the Royal Court and the RSC.
Perhaps of only marginal interest in theatre, but it's always good
to know where you can get one when you need it!
E.Go Show Control System
A show control (lights, video and sound) system using the ACN protocol
(the successor to DMX512), which will be available in the winter of
2004/2005. The site features an overview and a detailed tour of the
ETNOW - Entertainment Technology On Web
A new site devoted to sound and light news, which is intended to be
updated whenever there is news to upload - a kind of e-zine based
in Eastbourne. Go to the Directory page for the proper index (the
Index page is a "short" index). There isn't a great deal
there at the moment, but as it grows it should be a very useful techie
Ferguson is both an actor and a fight director. Most of the site is
devoted to stage combat, although there are pages on his career. There's
a FAQ on fight direction, details about fees, professional practice
(including standard contracts), rules & regulations, weapon hire
and care, insurance, lists and pictures of weapons, how to record
fight moves on paper, safety, as well as pictures from actual productions
and films, with comments. There's a guide to Scottish armouries and
a glossary. Finally the site has a "Help Me!" section -
a request for feedback and other help for the site. It's a very thorough
and useful site - such a shame that you have to keep returning to
the main page to move on!
Reading-based Galamntre provides "integrated entertainment systems
packages to performance venues around the world." They provide
lighting, sound, comms, video, seating, drapes, steelwork and more
for everywhere from theatres to TV studios and cruise ships.
IATSE Local 470
Not British at all, but the north east Wisconsin branch of the International
Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. Included here because it has
an excellent "Stagehand Primer", glossary and instructions
on how to read a lighting plot.
A company offering repair and refurbishment of professional sound
and lighting equipment, based in Wokingham, Berks. Currently (June
2005) under construction but the company's basic services are outlined,
along with contacts.
International Theatre Design Archive
A project to create an online archive of set, costume and lighting designs. The acghive can be searched by play title, playwright, designer and producer.
Le Maitre supply pyrotechnics and smoke and fog machines. There's
a full list of products, as well as manuals, safety sheets and catalogues,
all of which are in .pdf format.
Stuart Marshall Theatre
Stuart Marshall was resident designer at Lyric, Belfast, from 1994
to 1999. The site has pages on Theatre Design News and info, photographs
of his designs (and there are loads of them!), and more pictures of
Suzi Owen - Make-up
Suzi Owen is based in West London. Here you'll find her CV, some photos
of her work, and contact details.
An article from the Independent about this designer who works frequently with the RSC.
A site specifically for stage managers. The first (longish) page features
books, an article entitled what is a stage manager?, contacts (US-based),
ten golden rules for SMs, and some quotes. I found it impossible to
access the other two pages (on pre-show warm-ups and the SM's kit)
when I visited.
Ben M. Rogers Design
Ben Rogers works in the areas of set, lighting, and sound design,
as well as graphic and special visual effects. He has worked for a
range of theatres, including the Greenwich Theatre, the Linbury Studio
at the Royal Opera House and Sheffield Crucible. The site gives examples
of his work in set and lighting design but unfortunately the pictures
are all GIF files, so the quality isn't good. The work looks good,
The products page consists of a list of the various product categories
(filters, motion effects, fog, paints etc.), with links to individual
products. Not the most exciting Web site ever produced, I'm afraid,
and really there's no more here than in a printed brochure.
Scenography: The Theatre
Describes itself as "an online resource for theatre designers
and theatre arts professionals." Articles, a gallery of work
of a number of designers who are part of Scenography, and how to contact
The Society of British Theatre
About the society, a list of members and how to contact them, courses
for designers, events, publications and a gallery of work by members.
It began as a trade union for designers and has now grown into a full-scale
Stage Jobs Pro
A jobs site for backstage theatre and entertainment professionals.
Stage Managing and Theatre Etiquette
Devoted to the book of the same name by Linda Appleton. There's something about the author, a little about the book, and an advice page.
Ian Teague Theatre
A designer based in Leytonstone (East London). Online are his portfolio
(with photos) and CV.
Run by a stage management student, this site is intended to help him
with part of his course. It consists of a questionnaire on the use
of software packages for theatre and a discussion group for visitors
to talk about their experiences of these packages.
Kings Theatrical Supply Company
(Hampshire). Supplies make-up and has small props available for hire.
A company dealing with supply and organisation of productions both static and touring. A very basic site dealing with lighting design and hire, tour production and management, production co-ordination and event planning. Many of the pages simply have a list of links at the moment.