Staging and production has always been a particular interest of mine. I studied it way back in school as part of GCSE drama. Instead of focussing on the acting I decided to study the module of staging and lighting design – one of my earliest jobs in the world of theatre when I was 15 was as a follow-spot operator for that year’s pantomime at the Civic Hall in Guildford. Ever since then I’ve been hooked on the little nuances of stage and screen production that enhance performances and can take something excellent and turn it into something outstanding (or in some Eurovision cases, something winning).
It was a treat to sit down earlier this year and chat with Nicoline Refsing, creative producer of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 in Copenhagen, and now creative producer of a number of the country productions since then, to talk about what goes into making the content that we see on our screens – or in the arena if we’re lucky enough to be there!
Eurovision Insight Podcast: Interviewing Nicoline Refsing
Lisa-Jayne Lewis talks to creative designer Nicoline Refsing on staging Eurovision, working with individual acts, and the wider world of televisual entertainment.
We also have a video edit of the interview, if you would prefer to match up conversations on staging with the relevant images.
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