Fit-up begins…

Week five has officially drawn to a close and that means only one thing: fit-up has started for the triple bill opera! All of the design realisation departments have been working hard this week but yesterday it was the scenic construction team who had the long day. And look what we’ve created…

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The main part of the day was spent working on the huge bridge piece. The bridge was assembled in two pieces and joined in the centre with a combination of steel sections bolted in place and some very heavy duty welding. Here, Seb and construction lecturer Andy are grinding down the join sections so the whole bridge looks like one smooth, complete unit.

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One of the most exciting parts of the day was when the bridge finally flew for the first time! It stretches an amazing 15 meters from one end of the stage to the other and as you can see it even looks impressive from underneath.

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As well as the bridge one of the other larger scenic components, the police flat (the one from Max’s time lapse videos) needed assembling. You can see how big the flat is…and this is only a bit of it!

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Here are the team joining the bottom section to the flat. The first section has been fixed to one of the bars and has been flown out enough to bolt the bottom section in place. This means the whole section can be flown as one (enormous!) piece.

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It’s always so exciting when you see these pieces of scenery that the students and staff have spent so much time and effort building and painting, finally take their place on the stage. The brick work on the end of the police flat looks so impressive and is a great example of how the construction and scenic art team work so effortlessly together to create such a wonderful result. Against the painted floor effect the whole set is going to look brilliant.

All we need now it to finish the rest of the set. Next week the construction team will continue building the walkway that stretches diagonally across the stage. Also the shop front flat which has had all of its mouldings fixed into place will be painted and assembled. The props department will continue creating their magic and we should see some really interesting work taking place in there next week. There’s a lot left to do so it is a good job we have such a great team who are well and truly up to the task ahead!

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