Clive develops stage machinery designs for all types of performance spaces and prepares full and detailed drawings of the stage areas, machinery basements, fly towers and grid spaces. He assists with the review of contractors’ submissions, carries out pre-delivery equipment checks and co-ordinates the installation and commissioning works.
After working in almost every role backstage in a variety of UK theatres, Clive handled the installation of the new lighting, sound and stage equipment when the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool was rebuilt. He subsequently worked at the Royal Exchange Theatre before moving to the Royal Opera House where he became responsible for the design and development of stage installations.
Clive joined Theatreplan in 2000 to take responsibility for the stage engineering at the six-stage Copenhagen Opera House. He managed the installation of new stage equipment, including a 40-tonne truck lift at the Grand Theatre in Leeds.
Despite his apparent concentration on new stage technologies, Clive has extensive knowledge and practical experience of Victorian stage installations. He spent time at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House in Newcastle, and has also devised new flying systems at listed theatres, including the Harold Pinter Theatre, London and Brighton’s Theatre Royal
“Clive has an inherent ability and understanding of technical and engineering issues which have served him well through his many years working in the theatre. As a consultant, this earlier practical experience ensures he develops complete and comprehensive drawings and schedules embodying all the necessary information for tenderers and contractors. In his career he has handled almost every type of installed stage or production machinery.”