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Stage-Managing The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Harry Robson is the Stage Manager of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a key part of the team bringing this new musical, based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film, to life.

We talked to Harry about studying stage management here at the College:

The College has given me the chance to explore and experience working in all roles of stage management.

I’ve been the Assistant Stage Manager on Road, Deputy Stage Manager for Loam, and now Stage Manager for the Hunchback. 

Before coming to College I’d worked in different roles which involved running wings, prop-making and running tech. Being at the College has helped me learn the industry standard practice for all of these and much more.

Most importantly it’s given me the knowledge and support to gain professional work.

I’ve been offered two professional contracts at the National Theatre Wales and Theatre Royal Windsor, which I’m looking forward to working on in the summer.

Hunchback has been a really collaborative project, working with different departments across the College. For a stage manager that’s always a real challenge, especially in such a short pre-production period.

Another challenging, yet really fun, aspect of the show is that the cast has several roles each, which means there’s a constant flow and pace to it.

This also means the wings are a constant hive of activity, with quick costume changes, set furniture and then the constantly-moving cycle of props from backstage to the wings then to the stage.

On the other hand, the new digital sound desk has been a dream for the sound department, and although it hasn’t affected my job directly, a happy team makes a great show!

MA Design for Performance sound designer, Caoimhe O’Carroll operating the new digital sound desk

The Hunchback of Notre Dame runs until Wednesday 3rd July – limited tickets are still available.

You can find out more about the Stage Management course here.

Photos: Kirsten McTernan

Creative Team:

Director: Graham Gill

Musical Director: Michael Morwood

Choreographer: Grace Warner

Set Designer TK Hay

Lighting Designer: Rachel Astall

Sound Designer Nathan Williams

Costume Designer: Yu Lin