Rich Garfield

Rich Garfield

London Studio Principal

Rich is responsible for the day to day operations and business development of our London Studio and provides team leadership and consultancy on all aspects of theatre design.

rich.garfield@charcoalblue.com

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Rich came to Charcoalblue with more than 15 years’ professional experience in theatre, dance and events undertaking roles as Production Manager, Chief Electrician, AV Technician and Rigger.

He has worked on a wide range of productions in over 50 venues worldwide, including provincial touring, national theatres and stadiums events. Past clients include the BBC, British Council, DV8, The Dream Engine and Millennium Dome.

Prior to joining Charcoalblue Rich spent five years as Head of Production for Brighton Dome and Festival Ltd taking the strategic planning lead for the department and overall production responsibility for over 500 annual events.

Rich’s consultancy work with Charcoalblue includes Brighton College, Alexandra Palace, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, Manchester Metropolitan University, Rendcomb College, Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, Grand Opera House Belfast.

Rich joins the team at an outing to the RSC's The Tempest at The Barbican Centre.

Rich discusses a project with the team.

Rich is responsible for the day to day operations and business development of our London Studio .

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

That every project, building & client aspiration is unique. There are guides and standards for each type of venue, but these are just the building blocks to expand upon to develop truly inspiring spaces

What first sparked your love of theatre or performing arts?

I went to a school without a drama department, where the only engagement in performing arts was the annual school play. A teacher suggested I go for work experience at the Pegasus Theatre in Oxford and I quickly joined Oxford Youth Theatre and was hooked! Rigging for a Motorhead gig was a particularly loud highlight!

What qualities should a 'great performance space' have?

A great performance space should be unnoticeable. Foyers and ancillary spaces can be opulent, sparse and anything in between depending upon the context, but the auditorium and stage are there to support what happens within them. Audiences only really notice when something is wrong, so if the room is working harmoniously where it is comfortable, the acoustics are right, the relationship between the stage and the auditorium and its proportions have been designed correctly it allows the audience to concentrate on the performance.

If you could recommend visitors to London experience one thing, what would it be? 

Walking! Visitor attractions in central London aren’t that far apart and it’ll sometimes take longer on the tube. Take a walk and sightsee on the way to your next stop.

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