Part Of The Grid: Design Workshops

Part Of The Grid: Design Workshops


Whether you're an actor, director, producer, stage manager, or a jack-of-all-trades 'theatre maker', learning the basics of lighting and sound and how to properly communicate with your designers will improve the efficiency and success of any performance project. In this crash course presented by Part of the Main, you'll learn the basics of theory, safety, and delivery of lighting and sound design, as well as the jargon used by professional designers. Students will be taught by professional designer Will Alder, whose designs have been seen and heard everywhere from the West End to Theatre503 to the Royal Academy of Ballet, and from Ireland to Saudi Arabia. Students will also receive a custom handbook that they can write in and take home for use in future projects.



Lighting Design: 10am- 5pm, March 14th

In this day-long course, participants will learn:

-What stage lighting is & what it can achieve

-Types of lanterns & how to use them

-How to use gels, LEDs & moving lights

-Safe rigging of lanterns

-Dimming & DMX lanterns

-Simple programming of a lighting desk

-How to communicate your ideas in terms of lighting design vocabulary

-and more!


Sound Design: 10am - 5pm, March 15th

In this day-long course, students will learn:

-What sound design is & what it can achieve

-Types of microphones & speakers

-How to position equipment in the space

-Introduction, effect & licensable actions in QLab

-How to use diagetic/non-diagetic sound

-Sound cards & live microphones

-How to communicate your ideas using sound design vocabulary

-and more!



Will Alder is a Lighting & Sound Designer based in South London, who’s worked extensively in theatres and non-theatrical and unusual spaces, both nationally and internationally. He has designed for Opera, Musicals, Events, as part of festivals and Immersive Productions. His lighting designs have been seen most notably in London’s West End, the Barbican, Cardiff New Theatre, Greenwich Theatre, Theatre503, and working with companies such as The Royal Ballet School, Sell-A-Door Worldwide, Oxford Playhouse, National Youth Theatre, Rambert, and with Lukas McFarlane. He’s lit well known musicals such as Guys & Dolls, 13, Spring Awakening, and award winning plays up and down the uk. His lighting designs have been seen internationally in Saudi Arabia and beyond.

His sound designs have been heard in the West End, and in tours all over the UK and Ireland. Notable work includes Hotel Europe with David Ralf (Bunker Theatre), Isley Lynn (Skin A Cat) and David Loumgaire (Loumgaire Collective) - an immersive audio experience discussing the subject of Europe, presented over 5 rooms in an immersive installation. Theatre includes ‘An Enemy of the People’ (Flintlock Theatre 2018 UK Tour), ‘Mr Burns’, ‘Riders to the Sea’ (Wexford Festival Opera), and ‘The Wild Party’ (Mingled Yarn Theatre).

Will is also a Producer and Artistic Director. He created and programmed the award winning ‘Bobblehat: London’s first Live Advent Calendar’ in 2017, a series of 24 events over 24 day’s, in 24 different locations with 24 different artists. He has worked at The Royal Opera House, the Southbank Centre, the London Palladium, Oxford Playhouse, and Soho Theatre.

Learn more about Will and see his designs on his website,



Part of the Main, a Drayton Arms Resident Company, is dedicated to advancing the careers and opportunities for women in the UK theatre industry. Part of the Grid is our new initiative to provide practical and affordable theatre skills workshops designed for anyone at any level. Learn more about our mission and our past productions on our website, If you have questions about the courses, email us at

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Production Details

Run Time:

  • One Act: 420 mins

Age Restrictions:

  • None


  • £90.00 Both Workshops

  • £50.00 Either Lighting OR Sound Workshop

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  • Thu 14th Mar 2019 - 10:00 am

  • Fri 15th Mar 2019 - 10:00 am

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