Things are moving fast in the Design Realisation Department at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama this week. The opera fit up starts this Friday which means that deadlines are edging ever nearer and the pressure to get the work done is well and truly on. Students (and staff!) are work very fast and storming through the work load, determined to get the opera triple bill looks its absolute best.
One of the fascinating things about the design realisation workshops is just how quickly the space morphs from one type of space to the next and how speedily the work progresses. Before I had chance to put up some progress shots from yesterday, the whole process has moved one and the pictures had become old news! Pieces of the bridge have been handed over to Meg scenic art so she can prime them, when only yesterday it was being welded by James and Seb (pictured).
Yesterday I saw Hannah building a clay wall around her beautiful moulding for the frame, ready to pour plaster in to make a mould. Today, the plaster has been poured, set and cleaned ready for casting with latex tomorrow.
Yesterday Emily started work on her sign for the opera by projecting the lettering and neatly drawing them out. Today, she has been meticulously cutting out each letter ready for stencilling.
I told you we move fast in design realisation!
Other things happening in the paintshop today include the first scenic art lesson for the first years…
And more signs for the opera!
We also had visitors today from the technical theatre club at City Academy. This group of secondary school students had the royal treatment with a tour through the school with Ben Sumner, our Director of Technical Theatre, and were able to partake in some interesting hands-on tasks to introduce them to the world of technical theatre. Here they are having a go at some gold-leafing with Pat…hope to see some of these students in a few years time gold-leafing a piece of scenery as a design realisation student!
Tomorrow is going to be a busy too so look out for some more pictures of the bridge being built, see how the signs progress and some more interesting prop makes…