So most of the large scenic items are now on stage and fitted up. The theatre is completely dominated by massive scenic elements that look incredibly impressive. But the work of the design realisation student is not just centred around the big things…The details can make or break the look and feel of a prop or a piece of scenery and as such our students have to develop the skills to create impressive pieces that can hold their own under the scrutiny of the closeup, even when they will only be viewed from afar.
Walking through the design realisation workshops it’s not difficult to spot the hard work that has gone into the more detailed pieces. Hannah’s frame for the opera triple bill looks magnificent from a distance but close-up it looks as though it’s been plucked straight from a vintage shop in Islington! You can see the steps she has taken to achieve the beautiful antique gold finish and as requested, it looks just like the smaller original. Well done Hannah!
Another nice part of the set which is all about the details is the shop front. The construction team have done a lovely job working out all of the compound angles to make the mouldings look sleek and sophisticated and coupled with the signs created by the scenic artists and the beautiful paint finish they looks truly impressive!
So, next time you are walking through the design realisation departments here at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, take a closer look at what’s being made and what is being painted; all our sets look impressive from a distance (well we think so anyway!) but our team of students know that sometimes…it’s all in the details.