Our brilliant teenage technician handles our live streaming

Our brilliant teenage technician handles our live streaming

Hard work, perseverance and persistence paid off for Dan, The Spring’s teenage technician.

Dan Johnson, theatre technician, aged just 18, will be in charge of screening Event Cinema, which launches with The Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker on December 8th.

The Spring has installed state-of-the-art sound kit and a new cinema screen in order to bring this and other exciting productions to its audience.

The 18-year-old finished his Technical Theatre course at Chichester College in June 2018 and immediately started looking for work and knocking on doors.

The Spring was so impressed with Dan that they made him theatre technician. His duties are many, but include lighting and sound, theatre maintenance and liaising with performers.

He’s responsible for the technical aspect of each and every show – and he says the live streaming of Event Cinema is just another way of bringing shows to a wider audience.

You can’t just delay the start

“Live streaming is different to other shows,” said Dan. “These shows come from the likes of the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House, so the quality of reproduction is paramount. And because it’s literally live, if the equipment isn’t in good shape you can’t just delay the start.”

There are lots of tests, training and plenty of support to ensure a faultless performance on the night.

And, most surprising, Event Cinema is brought into the building via a roof-mounted satellite just like home television.

Satellite dish that enables live streaming

“The ‘set top box’ is more like a server bank complete with high powered fans,” said Dan.

Event Cinema gets into full swing in January with two magnificent productions beamed live to The Spring from The Royal Opera House. Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades and Verdi’s La traviata are spell-binding and a great start to the 2019 series.