THE TENSION MOUNTS
by Jez Bond
I'm so excited, the first few panels of our tension wire grid have arrived. They are standing on their side, three metres square, in the foyer - soon to be installed in Park 200. Sleek black steel that will soon bear the weight of people and equipment high above the audience's heads. I'm most excited because, as I have said to many people on our tours, the grid will be a wonderful benefit to us in terms of our ability to work with young people. Suddenly the health and safety issues - and countless risk assessments and other paperwork - disappear with this safe working platform. Having learnt so much at fourten and fiteen years old - where I pretty much ran the technical department at my school theatre - I'm keen to ensure we give back so that other people, and less fortunate ones, can gain from such opportunities. But I'll just have to wait a few more weeks...
Architect's impression of the grid (with roof lights above).