2020 Update

Well…where to start. It has been about a year since I have written anything here or even logged into the website. Normally I owuld try to keep these just professional, but I think it may be good form time to time to write to show that there is a person behind the keyboard, and mental health is a factor in these trying times. I am not a company or a group of people, I am a freelancer and a sole trader, so it is just me.

I would say ‘unprecidented’, but I have grown to loath the word.

So, what shows have I done this year?

Well during January and February I was lucky enough to be back out on the road with ‘Simon and Garfunkel Through The Years’ as lighting engineer, sometimes driver and general thing-doer.

https://www.simonandgarfunkelthroughtheyears.com/

Always a pleasure to tour with these guys, and I had my first ever trip to Ireland.

After that, there was a little break before some more work was due to come in in April. I think you can see how this turned out….

Once the lockdown happened then everybody’s work in the events industry disappeared overnight.

To keep myself occupied I decided to try and keep my programming skills up to scratch with the GrandMA2, so I put together a virtual rig, and started programming some virtual lightshows with a couple of rigs that I have had in my head for a few years. There are not built to a budget, but there are of a scale that I hope to work at one day.

You can check them out on my channel here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdyBYeSeDvAlVwjfY11g2WA

That is one of my main things recently is wondering if I will ever get to that point. I have been a freelance lighting engineer since 2011, and I have not managed to gte my foot in the door to those scale of shows. With how the pandemic is panning out, I’m starting to doubt whether I ever will. That self doubt starts to eat away at my confidence in my abilities, which makes me panic at the thought of work coming in and whether I can do it, which stops me trying to throw myself out there.
The ability is there, and I know that I can do the job and do it well; it’s just convincing myself that I can, and getting others to give me a chance to show that I can.

To make ends meet I ended up getting temp work during the first lockdown with a large online store/distribution company. Temporary being the operative word. Currently I have been there eight months and counting. The first lockdown turned into continuing work, then into the Christmas Peak/second lockdown, and it may be continuing longer if people can’t seem to stay at home or wear a mask properly.

I also attended a couple of events as a part of #wemakeevents to try and bring attention to how much the events industry has been devistated by the pandemic, and I am shocked at how much we have had to fight to get the support we have, and even then, it is not enough.

The events supply chain is collapsing, businesses are closing, and freelancers are either having to leave the industry to find other work, or are facing financial ruin.

I guess one way to close this is to try and help however you can to keep the industry alive, and leave you with a video of what we do.

Apologies if this was a little more of a personal blog post for my freelance site, but sometimes you have to show to people that you are only human, and it is okay not to feel okay, especially at times like this.

Here’s hoping for 2021. Good luck everybody.

Alec Morris
Anthrolight Productions

Heading out on tour with Arena as lighting and video operator

Hi all.

Just finished making the final tweaks to video content, cues, and lighting programming for the upcoming Double Vision Tour with Arena.

Check out www.arenaband.co.uk for more info and @arenaverglas on Twitter for updates and pictures.

Wednesday 3rd AprilAcademy 3, Manchester, England
Thursday 4th AprilRobin 2, Bilston, England
Friday 5th AprilWaterfront Studio, Norwich, England
Saturday 6th AprilULU, London, England
Tuesday 9th AprilZ7, Pratteln, Switzerland
Wednesday 10th AprilBackstage, Munich, Germany
Thursday 11th AprilDas Rind, Rüsselsheim, Germany
Friday 12th AprilZeche Carl, Essen, Germany
Saturday 13th AprilBoerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
Sunday 14th AprilNeuberinhaus, Reichenbach, Germany

28th Feb 2019: Website updates and new projects

It has taken quite a while, but I have finally filled out the website a little more.

2018 was my busiest year so far with a mixture of corporate work, Edinburgh Fringe, a few tours. Who knows what this year may hold.

A few new shows in the pipeline this year, including a new tour with Arena as lighting designer and video tech; promoting the Double Vision album.
Jagged Little Pill is going out on the road again in June ahead of their run on Edinburgh Fringe, and potentially some big projects coming up in the summer.

Currently the next shows up are the last performance of The Visitor with Arena as they headline the Classic Rock Society Awards, followed later in the month by a DVD shoot with a new project ‘The ELO Show’ in Holland.

Always looking to pick up more work, still some gaps in my schedule for this year. Please feel free to get in touch whether for theatre, music or corporate.

24th August 2018

Approaching the penultimate show of the almost entirely sold out run with ‘Simon and Garfunkle Through the Years’ at Edinburgh Fringe.

Future tours in the works in the next few months for them, check out their website to see where they are next: Simon and Garkunkle Through the Years

Busy few weeks ahead, and getting things back up to scratch with overhauling the website and getting that back up and running after transferring to a new provider.

In the mean time, the next project after this is the sold out performance of King’s Ransom by Clive Nolan at Cheltenham Playhouse Theatre as lighting designer.

This is a special performance as it is being done in memory of our late director Ian Baldwin, who sadly lost his fight with cancer at the start of this year. All proceeds will be going to the Sue Ryder Hospice in Cheltenham.

Check out King’s Ransom for more details.

Photo by Graham Stead at Studiostead Photograhy

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