Safety in the theatrepodcast
Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:11 PM
The Leonard Lopate Show
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Chemist and industrial hygienist Monona Rossol talks about theater safety. She's the author of Pick Your Poison: How Our Mad Dash to Chemical Utopia is Making Lab Rats of Us All.
Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:48 AM
What surprised me was the overwhelming negativity of the comments below. Some of them were fact-checking, but others were quite nasty, saying she's living in La-La land, etc...
Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:52 PM
Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:24 PM
From my own very limited experience backstage in a large theater, it was the proliferation of large electrical cables, lying across the floor in the most unexpected places, that surprised me the most. Special effects like pyrotechnics, and clearly dangerous stage business like the dancer/angel who had to fly high above the floor, were handled with great care and attention. But those electrical cables were just there, all the time. You had to memorize the locations and make sure to skip over them while scurrying from one part of backstage to another.
Posted 15 January 2013 - 04:04 PM
From my own very limited experience backstage in a large theater, it was the proliferation of large electrical cables, lying across the floor in the most unexpected places, that surprised me the most.
I know you didn't mention this in a lighthearted way, but it does remind me of the scene in Singing in the Rain where the studio head comes into the sound stage, stumbles over a microphone cord and picks it up, complaining that someone could hurt themselves. And proceeds to pull Lina Lamont off of the bench where she was sitting, "wired for sound."
Posted 17 January 2013 - 06:31 AM
It's true, though. I remember being in the wings once and stepping closer to the wall to get out of the way of some performers coming offstage. My foot hit something hot, which turned out to be a wire when I investigated. I got lucky I didn't hurt myself. I know someone else who fell off of a stage into a tuba (and I do mean into a tuba--her leg got stuck in there and broke), and she was a child. I remember in chemistry class there were "posted lab rules" and then "common sense rules" that weren't listed, but it made sense to follow (being careful around broken glass falls into that category). Sometimes, as bart pointed out, the big effects are really closely watched and taken care of, but the little "common sense" rules don't seem to have been looked after...
Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:51 AM
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