When geeks do theatre
Last week I was talking with Liz, the lighting designer for Measure For Measure, about cue numbering. I tend to number cues by tens in case I have to add in more cues later. I think I learned that from one of the designers I trained with, but this is not #namedrop Friday. Either way, it’s a strategy that has puzzled at least one technical director I’ve worked with. It’s not uncommon to get up to Q350 or more, but of course if you’re going by tens that only sounds like a big number.
In any event, somehow Liz and I came up with the idea of cueing a show using prime numbers, which then led (naturally) to the idea of using the Fibonacci sequence. For some reason the thought of a show with two Cue Ones was really funny.
There may have been beer involved. I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s scarier if there wasn’t.