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Rob Halliday

Rob Halliday

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Rob Halliday is a lighting designer and programmer

Recent Articles

Forgetting the magic of live theatre? Hold on to it and keep the faith

Forgetting the magic of live theatre? Hold on to it and keep the faith

Hold on to the magic of live theatre and encourage new audiences to take their seats, says Rob Halliday
How a job advert signalled freelancer recruitment may be becoming more transparent

How a job advert signalled freelancer recruitment may be becoming more transparent

Theatre may seem to be returning to business as usual, but a recent open advertisement could be a welcome sign that the world of technical freelancer recruitment is becoming more transparent, says lighting designer Rob Halliday
The 40-year success of Cats shows theatre is a good financial investment for government

The 40-year success of Cats shows theatre is a good financial investment for government

As we celebrate 40 years of musical Cats, it’s worth remembering that subsidised companies often develop the money-making creatives of the future, says lighting designer Rob Halliday
As theatre returns to normal(ish), freelancers deserve better working conditions

As theatre returns to normal(ish), freelancers deserve better working conditions

With venues reopening, the industry is going back to business as usual, says lighting designer Rob Halliday – but the talented freelancers the industry relies on deserve better working conditions
Technology let me work from home – on a show in Tokyo

Technology let me work from home – on a show in Tokyo

Lighting designer Rob Halliday worked on a show that opened in Tokyo last week... from his living room in the UK. The innovations that allow us to do such work during Covid are extraordinary, he says, but they can’t replace the human touch entirely
Stand up for the right to work across Europe – it’s a common-sense issue

Stand up for the right to work across Europe – it’s a common-sense issue

Brexit shouldn’t prevent British arts workers from continuing to earn a living in Europe, says Rob Halliday – we must join forces to demand urgent government action
Returning to normality is a long way off, but vaccine passports could help

Returning to normality is a long way off, but vaccine passports could help

As the vaccination programme continues across the UK, hopes rise of a gradual easing of restrictions later this year. But we need a globally accepted proof of vaccination for things to change across the theatre industry, says Rob Halliday
Farewell Jerry Hodgson – an unsung stalwart of the National Youth Theatre

Farewell Jerry Hodgson – an unsung stalwart of the National Youth Theatre

As the NYT’s chief electrician for more than a decade, Jerry Hodgson was an inspiration to a generation of young technicians – his humour and light touch will be much missed
Creatives will work through lockdown to get venues ready, but should they?

Creatives will work through lockdown to get venues ready, but should they?

Creatives will work through lockdown to get venues ready to reopen, but should they be taking the risk? asks Rob Halliday
Back to work: but what do I wear, what do I do, and how long might it last?

Back to work: but what do I wear, what do I do, and how long might it last?

As theatre productions start up again, many of us are finding ourselves back at work for the first time in months
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