Technical department

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The Technical Department is responsible for researching, planning and implementing the staging of all productions contracted to appear at the Edinburgh International Festival. This involves realising a succession of productions in the Festival Theatre, King’s Theatre, Edinburgh Playhouse, the Royal Lyceum Theatre and The Hub. Additionally, in some International Festivals, venues are found and converted for site-specific productions. For example, Lowland Hall was used during Festival 2009 and 2012. Technical support is also given where required for music events in the Usher Hall and The Queen’s Hall.

This requires the co-ordination of plans with up to twenty different theatre, dance and opera companies each year, ensuring that rehearsal and performance plans are feasible and arranging for the technical personnel and equipment to be sourced, recruited and scheduled. The department also arranges transport of scenery, provision of super-titles, and liaises with the venues to provide all the theatre support services needed by the artists.

The Technical team, which consists of the Head of Technical and Technical Department Administrator, is augmented by five Technical Heads of Department (lighting, audio visual, stage management, staging and sound) immediately before and during each International Festival. Up to 200 theatre technicians are employed on a temporary basis for the duration of the International Festival itself.

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