Meet OUT OF THIS WORLD Head Rigger, Alex Palmer
What is your role in OUT OF THIS WORLD?
I am the Head Rigger and will also perform in the show.
What has led you to this point?
I’ve been lucky enough to work as both an actor and rigger for many years and then began working with Mark around five years ago.
Where did you study/train?
I trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The rigging skills have mostly come from my life long obsession with climbing and working with others in the business.
Who else have you worked with?
As a rigger, I have worked with National Theatre Scotland, Glastonbury Big Top, Cuerda Productions, All or Nothing Aerial Dance, 2012 Olympic shows (with Mark) amongst others. As an actor, I have worked with many people including, Richard Eyre, Danny Boyle, Peter Weir, Russell Crowe, and Diana Rigg.
Why are you excited about working on OUT OF THIS WORLD?
The opportunity to work on a show like OUT OF THIS WORLD is unique really. The process that Mark brings to all his work is inclusive, creative and very exciting. This is a job that has the potential to create in three dimensions, using aerial systems to further a story and take a theatre audience on a truly amazing journey.
What do you think will be one of the main challenges of this process?
Hard to say at this point as most challenges normally appear when you least expect, but the key thing for me will be to create aerial systems that are as versatile as Mark’s ideas. Also, it’s always challenging taking this style of work on tour and fitting it in to lots of different theatres and spaces.
What do you think will be one of the key highlights of this process?
The creation process is a chance to try ideas as and when they come up, and no matter how crazy they seem, give them the chance to work. One of the most exciting things about using aerial systems to tell a story is being able to bend the laws of physics to create images that seem visually impossible to the audience.