Rachel Berger - Australian Comedian 

"She is one of the sharpest comedians of either gender or hemisphere." - The List, Scotland

Hold the Pickle

The Fairfax Studio, Victorian Arts Centre September 2011

Hold The Pickle Technical Rider: Tour version.

Hold The Pickle Technical Rider (Word Doc 43Kb)

Hold The Pickle Plans & Drawings


Hold The Pickle will travel a Tour/Stage Manager who will operate sound FOH

The Venue will provide

  1. (when a operational lighting rig is in place before arrival): two experienced lighting technicians to focus under the stage manager’s direction, one stagehand to assist with the set assembly, and one audio technician to set up the P.A. system. For performances, a lighting operator only is required.
  2. (when lighting to be rigged on the day): as above with the addition of sufficient additional staff to ensure that an operational lighting rig (as described below) is in place and ready to focus no less than five hours before the first performance.


Depending on travel arrangements, the preferred schedule for a set-up day will be:

10:00 AM Arrive at venue, unload set, props & wardrobe.
10:00 – 10:30 Assemble set
10:30 – 13:00 Focus lights, set up audio
13:00 – 14:00 Crew Break
14:00 – 16:00 Plot lighting cues
16:00 Sound check
16:30 – 18:00 Tech run (top and tail)
18:00 – 19:00 Crew Break. Note: The Artist will be onstage during this break to adapt to the venue. No noise, no visitors, please.
19:00 One-hour call
20:00 – 21:30 Performance


Hold The Pickle will travel the following:

  • One small, practical staircase with get-off platform (approx 1500mm in height) and get-off ladder.
  • Three free-standing masking flats.
  • One folding card table.
  • Two chairs.
  • Various small props and costume items.

Hold The Pickle will require the Venue to provide:

  • A clear, level acting area six metres square (minimum).
  • Black masking surrounding the acting area.


Hold The Pickle will travel the following:

  • TWO Selecon ‘Pacific’ 575W profile spot for custom gobo projection.
  • Hold The Pickle will require the Venue to provide:
  • Even washes over the entire acting area in the following colours:
  • Pale Gold (Lee 152 or equivalent)
  • Medium Blue (Lee 118 or equivalent)
  • Bright Pink (Lee 128 or equivalent)
  • Peacock Blue ~ Backlight only (Lee 115 or equivalent)

Note: colour washes must be rigged in front-of-house, overhead and backlight positions.

In addition, six 1kW profile spots are required to be available to be rigged, coloured and focussed at the Touring Technician’s direction. Six individual dimmer channels will be required. Note: Hold The Pickle will travel gel for these spots.

Note: The lighting requirements for Hold The Pickle are very specific, but very simple. The lighting design consists of a small number of “basic” states that are combinations of the various colour washes, and a small number of “special” states relating to particular moments in the action.


Hold The Pickle will travel the following:

  • One head-worn radio microphone, belt-pack and receiver.
  • Recorded sound cues on CD. Note: 2 decks required.

Hold The Pickle will require the Venue to provide:

  • A suitable P.A. system capable of providing even coverage to every seating position at a sound pressure level not less than 90 dBa.
  • A mixing desk in a central position at the rear of the auditorium.
  • Communications between the mixing desk position, prompt corner and lighting control.


The artist will require one private dressing room, clean and ventilated, with a well-lit make-up bench, full-length mirror, private bathroom facilities and access to an iron and ironing-board. A kettle and tea-making requisites would also be appreciated.

Hold The Pickle Technical Rider (Word Doc 43Kb)