Mark Lovell

Mark Lovell

Senior Consultant

Mark consults on all aspects of theatre design and project management.

mark.lovell@charcoalblue.com

+44 (0)20 7928 0000

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Mark joined Charcoalblue having spent more than a decade working in the theatre industry, predominantly as a Production Manager but also as a Stage Manager and Technical Stage Manager, both touring and in numerous venues.

He has worked for many opera, theatre, and dance companies including Scottish Opera, Grange Park Opera, The Old Vic, and Theatre 503. Mark opened the triple-Olivier award-winning Hello Dolly! as Technical Stage Manager at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, toured the UK with The 39 Steps, and has also contributed to a number of large live events including 2005’s Live8, and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations.

Mark’s consultancy work with Charcoalblue includes York Theatre Royal, Hull New Theatre and the redevelopment of the Kiln Theatre in London.

Mark and the London team, Summer 2017.

Mark and the London team, Summer 2017.

What's the greatest lesson you've learnt as a Theatre Consultant?

Everything I've learned prior to this point is informing my work as a theatre consultant - be it stage managing, working in a bar, or playing a musical instrument - it's all relevant, it's just about applying the knowledge in a different way.

What first sparked your love of theatre or performing arts?

I grew up in a musical family so was always involved in some ways. Having played professionally for a while I slowly got more and more interested in the mechanics of theatre. Highlight: followspotting James Brown (and many others) at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh for Live8 in 2005 was pretty memorable.

What qualities should a 'great performance space' have?

A great performance space should be transparent to the work and allow practitioners to push boundaries with their art. It shouldn't restrict; it should add value.

We hear when you’re not designing theatres you’re a Scout Leader, how did you get into that?

I was a scout as a child, and as an adult I wanted to give back, to allow other young people to have something of the amazing experiences I’d had. I’d gotten involved a little whilst at university in Glasgow – but didn’t really have the time to make much impact.

After I (eventually) settled in North London I got in touch with my local group and got involved from there. I’d encourage anyone who has considered it to give it a go. We have a whale of a time doing all sorts of fab activities – we were walking in the peaks last weekend and we’ll be in Switzerland this summer!

Mark Lovell

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