Working ‘flat’ out this week…


It’s another Friday, another week nearly complete. That means the work load is steadily increasing, deadlines are edging closer and the workshops are looking more and more like the obstacle course at the end of the TV show ‘Gladiator’.  You know the one…jump over this, duck under that…

 Of course all this activity is a feast for the eyes too as everywhere you look there is another prop or piece of set being worked on.  The props department as always is like Aladdin’s cave with every nook and cranny of the workshop housing another half-made prop. Right in the centre of the vortex is Tara, one of our second year design realisation students. In a box. That’s one way of getting to the screws inside Tara.  You can always count on the design realisation students to come up with the interesting ways of approaching a task!


 Heading into paintshop it’s quite hard to miss what they are working on today.  This huge flat is one piece of a giant wall that will be used in the Opera this term, designed by Yannis Thavoris. There is an interesting removable piece that you can see here and whole wall will be textured and painted to look like breezeblocks which stretch off into the distance. 


The perspective means that the scenic art students have to tape off all the grout lines which get smaller as wall gets smaller.

You can see the effect they are trying to achieve here…

 This is the scale model that Yannis has provided which the scenic artists (and in fact all design realisation departments) use as a reference for shape, colour and sizes etc. I’m looking forward to seeing this be realised next week- look out for the progress photos of how the brick effect is created.

 Hiding behind welding screens with the odd flash of light and spark flickering above, it’s clear that the construction department have started welding another piece of scenery. This is third year James welding a flat for the opera.

This part of the process, in all design realisation departments, is always an interesting one as most pieces are in their skeletal form. Lots of measuring, marking, cutting and taping means that students are using their technical skills as they refer to technical drawings, calculate cutting lists and consider potions of paint mixes.

Over the next week or so this process evolves into more creative and artistic jobs with students looking at finishes and considering how the piece they are working on looks and feels, not just how it works and what it is made from. It’s a fascinating stage of the making process so stay tuned for some more interesting photos next week.

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