Newly released books on a variety of theatre topics
Dr. Davidson’s Eye on Theatre Health and Safety
From “how-to” to “how it happened,” this month’s books cover a wide range of interests.
Dr. Davidson’s Eye on Theatre Health and Safety is a three-volume set, focusing primarily on issues facing drama instruction and production in public schools—although most of the information applies equally to college and university theatre, community theatre and church performing arts groups. The first volume focuses on the responsibilities of administrators responsible for the overview of the entire program. The second volume targets onstage personnel who handle props, settings, curtains and other production tasks. Volume three covers the areas involved with setting the stage—building and painting sets, hanging lights, the shops and storage required for those activities and the environmental concerns that may arise. While there are checklists and guidelines, this is not exactly a how-to manual. Instead, author Dr. Randall Davidson points out common risks and hazards (including some that aren’t often thought of), as well as ways to reduce these risks. In addition to onstage and backstage risks, he discusses such issues as walkways into the theatre building, public areas like the lobby and restrooms, hazardous wastes and their disposal and proper storage of equipment for its future use. [$149 from Risk International Publishing, www.theatresafetybook.com]