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a veritable army to mount. Based on the tour-opening shows at Toronto's Air Canada Centre, these diagrams show the immensity of a production that rises and falls as a literal wall is constructed and, for a finale, demolished. The tour, which wraps up its Canadian dates at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver Dec. , will pack up brick-by-brick and head across Europe through the spring.
SUSPENDED MOVING SPOTLIGHT VIDEO SCREEN
9 THE WALL STATS
• metres wide and metres tall • Made up of just over bricks that are made of white cardboard wrapped around a hollow frame • The wall serves as a video screen, illuminated by seven projectors during the concert • The bricks and various inflatable marionettes are stored in the empty seating areas behind the wall
MONITOR ENGINEER (not visible)
AUDIO PLAYBACK TECHNICIAN (not visible)
Roger Waters and his band ( ) plus guest performers Audience seating areas
9 STADIUM FLOOR PLAN
Roger Waters’s stagehands in charge of instruments and equipment ( ) Travelling-tour crew members (roughly total) involved in running the show, includes technicians ( - ), and crew that stack the bricks ( ) Location stagehands that help stack the bricks ( +)
9 THE TECHNICAL CREW
SOUND LIGHTING, PUPPETRY CONTROLS VIDEO/ PROJECTION
Visible security (tour personnel, arena personnel, police)
9 BEHIND THE WALL
At the beginning of the show, the wall is only partially built on each side of the stage. Behind the wall are two platforms that elevate individually and a catwalk that rises out of the stage. As the show goes on, stagehands stack the cardboard “bricks” to build the wall.
TRISH McALASTER/THE GLOBE AND MAIL 8 SOURCE: TOUR STAFF
As the wall gets higher, the platforms rise to allow the stagehands to reach the top of the pile. Vertical support poles (arrows) elevate up out of the floor and through the centre of the hollow bricks. The band moves to the front of the stage, on the audience side of the wall.
Near the end of the concert, the band clears the stage. The support poles are designed to rotate and wobble as they decend, knocking the bricks down and causing the wall to collapse.