Date of Award


Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Master of Arts


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)


Faculty of Communications and Creative Industries


This thesis seeks to address the understanding of the concept of old stage machinery. In addition, the research will determine the practical applications and meaning of old stage machinery for today's theatre. The approach to this topic will be more historical and practical than theoretical. A thorough examination of the history of theatre and stage technology is initially discussed. This is followed by an in-depth discussion of the practical component of this research and finally, the implications of this for today's theatre. Knowledge of traditional stage technology is a prerequisite for understanding the mechanics of stage technology today. A key finding from the research suggests that the ability for students and directors to have access to old machinery provides inspiration for future productions. More importantly, old machinery can provide students and directors with basic knowledge of the fundamental concepts involved with stage machinery, on which much of today's stage technology is based.