Johanna Adams Farley, senior stage manager for the Royal Ballet's 2011 production of 'Alice's Adventures In Wonderland' gives an insight into the job role and her own journey to reaching this senior position. Johanna explains the structures of the stage management team in this large organisation and identifies the necessary qualities and skills needed to do the job. She refers to the various liasions with technical departments such as lighting, sound and scenery.
Choose a scene from a play that could require a lot of props, set changes, characters on stage or lighting and sound cues. Ask students to have a go at creating their own prompt book and how they would organise it. Students could work on a scene, either scripted or improvised. One member of their team should be in the role of stage manager, keeping a record of the decisions they make and the changes needed in performance. Show pupils a copy of a stage manager's prompt book and discuss the qualities needed for the role.