The Ghost light at Canberra REP


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The Ghost light illuminating Canberra REP stage - COVID Lockdown 2021

Keeping our theatre alive

To keep the spirit alive a ghost light is at the front of our stage at the REP theatre – keeping our space alive until we return!
We also set up a light in 2020, let us join together in wishing for a speedy return to our space!

“It’s about saying: we haven’t gone forever, we’re coming back and we’re going to leave the lights on to show you that.”

Where did the idea come from?
It’s an old theatre tradition. It’s something that’s been done around the world for decades, if not hundreds of years.  

What are the lights meant to do?
They have two main functions. There’s a very practical reason first and foremost: The last person to leave the theatre and the first person to return can see the edge of the stage so they don’t fall into the orchestra pit.

The second is more of a romantic idea, and one I like a lot more: Every theatre has at least one ghost, and when they come out at night we don’t want them bumping into scenery or disturbing props. If we leave a light for them, they can play on stage without disturbing any of our gear.

With thanks to the Sydney Opera House website for information.

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