Adelaide has become a hive of activity. It is that crazy period where several major events happen. We have the Fringe Festival, Adelaide Festival of Arts, a major car race with associated concerts and WOMADelaide, I don’t think I missed anything. This means we have something for everybody. 1000’s of folk will be clogging the byways and highways coming and going. There is a certain excitement in the air, at least that is what I think it is. What is also amazing is that it all runs smoothly. Hundreds of venues all get their audiences in and out. People wizz from show to show.
But what is the secret behind it all happening on time every time. It is those people working in semi-darkness, focussing lights, pressing play, and control all of the technical equipment. Without the technicians working thier butts off, a lot of the events could not happen. Wheather in a pop up venue or Stage 1 at WOMAD. The crew hump the gear on and off stage. This dedicated band of people are on a whole a happy bunch, that are worth every cent they are paid. But are they paid enough? Most venues, producers etc., pay a reasonable hourly rate (it could be higher – but that is another conversation.) But you will find a few dodgy folks offering “experience” to students etc, or a low per performance rate, or free drinks and a meal. Anything to get cheap labour as they rack in the dollars.
Overall must crew are respected and treasured. Events like WOMAD, Festival of Arts etc will look after their crews. They recognize the value of their staff. The better you look after crew, the better the quality of work and they more loyal they are.
So while you are out there enjoying quality of the music, stage show or concert, Think of the crew making it all happen.