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Harlequin runs floors seminar for RADA technical students
UK – Recently, Harlequin Floors was invited to present a seminar session for students studying the technical theatre and stage management course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Neil Fraser, director of technical training at RADA, approached Harlequin as the recognised leader in the knowledge, expertise and development of floors for the performing arts. Some 20 students participated in the seminar day for this special training session, which was also an important compulsory module for their RADA professional development.
The seminar was presented in the Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre by Mark Rasmussen and Ray Lloyds, both from Harlequin Floors. Mark commenced by explaining why special floors have been developed for the performing arts for the benefit of the performers and the technical requirements and testing the floors will need to meet. Mark continued with a review of some recent stage floor projects covering both new build projects and major stage refurbishments. Then it was over to Ray for a hands-on practical session learning how to fix floor panels together, to measure out, cut and how to correctly tape down flooring. Taping covered two techniques – top and under floor taping – and demonstrated the differences between these. By the end of the day the students had gained a valuable insight into the importance of having the right floor and acquired some first hand practical skills – even taking away a reel of Harlequin tape together with product information, the ever useful gifts of pens and the indispensible tea mug.
15th April 2016
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