The Stage Management Desk
A venue’s Stage Management desk houses all the control equipment for the coordination and operation of performances. Each unit gives the stage manager access, communication and control to coordinate the performance. It is critical that the whole system works flawlessly and immediately. It needs to be intuitive and simple.
As part of the largest technical upgrade project since the Sydney Opera House opened in 1973, Marshall Day Entertech was engaged to design the new stage management desks for the Sydney Opera House used by both the in house team of stage managers, as well as visiting stage managers from all over the world.
The consoles need to integrate with the complex systems they control, be robust to withstand the day-to-day rigours of the theatre and be easily serviced when required.
Our teams' major focus was on the needs of the stage manager, with extensive consultation with users, ergonomic research and development applied to ensure accessibility and comfort for all users.
Marshall Day Entertech’s prototypes were produced and fabricated in Germany to specifications delivered and installed by Rutledge Engineering, Theatre Plan LLP and Salzbrenner Stagetec.