Why have I started this blog?

Over the past couple of months I have been studying for a post graduate certificate in teaching and learning in higher education. Unit one of the course concludes tomorrow when I will hand in my 3000 word essay. When I started to write this essay I simply picked the areas of teaching and learning that I found most interesting and started to list the basic topics that I could cover. I then began filling out these topics with my thoughts. A couple of weeks later I was gazing at about 20,000 words, wondering how on earth to cut it down to 3000.Now I’m not saying I had 20,000 words of clear, succinct essay! No; it was a jumble of thoughts, ideas, references and phrases that I had jotted down as and when they occurred to me.

To cut a long story short, I spent several more weeks trying to edit down, without success. Though I shut down several areas of interest, I was still generating thousands of words on the topics I was going for, as I explored them at the kind of depth that is required of masters level work. In the end, after a lot of stress, I realised I was never going to be able to produce a satisfactory essay on these topics within the permitted word count. They were just too big.

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Creating a lighting plan

The following two pages were created as a sort of blog, to capture the my process in creating the lighting plan for two shows. It was originally intended for the students of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where the two shows took place. It may be useful for other students of theatre lighting design. In particular, both shows were also an experiment for me, in using Sketchup for drawing lighting plans.

The Laramie Project

Twelfth Night