The Year Clock Technical Specification

Part 1 approx. running time 55minutes
Part 2 approx. running time 50minutes

There is a 20 minute interval.


There is a backcloth [skycloth] approx size 6.5m by 3m. This can be self-supporting or tied to a bar. Alternatively I can work against a plain background.

There is a floorcloth 2.5m by 3.5m, and this is the absolute minimum stage size. There is also space needed on the DSL side for a chair and musical instrument stands for the musician. An ideal stage size would be 5m by 3m.

The Year Clock will work well on a proscenium or thrust stage, or on the floor with audience on raked seating.

Lighting and Sound

A 13amp socket is required on the USR side to provide power for a CD player on the set [I provide the CD player].

A 13amp socket is required on the DRL side of the set near the musician’s area to provide power for his music stand light.

Where the venue has stage lights, a detailed lighting plot by Gary Beestone is available; for performance in smaller venues without stage lighting, lights can be supplied by prior arrangement. There is one recorded sound effect, which can be handled by technical crew where facilities exist for playing a CD; or onstage by the performers in smaller venues.

Get-in/ Get out
Access 4 hours before start of show. Get-out 1.5 hours after lights down.

Approximate timings
4.00pm get in
6pm lighting rehearsal [ cue to cue]

7.30pm show
9.30pm end of show
Out of venue by 11.00pm [latest]

Acting requirements

1 x dressing room [ two male performers]

Containing wash basin, mirror, clothes rail.

Please provide tea and sandwiches sufficient for 3 during the set-up period.


I provide programmes for the Year Clock, and there is an accompanying CD recording for sale, with a display that fits on a table min. size 3’ by 5’. In smaller venues these sales are handled by my stage manager. If you have in-house merchandising arrangements please contact me to discuss terms.

Posters and promotion

I can provide A4 and A5 flyers and posters, also press cuttings, reviews and photographs. Please advise me if you have a printed brochure for your venue.