It’s a juggling act…

Well it’s been very busy down in the Design Realisation workshops this week; all three departments are juggling work from different shows and the theatre has been in constant use as the opera triple bill set has been taken down, and the fit-up for Nicholas Nickleby Part 2 has started. 

Construction have been busy welding the main window section for the production of Three Sisters which will be presented in the new theatre at Milton Court (our fancy new building opening next year!). At the same time they’ve also been taking apart the colossal set from the opera triple bill (remember that bridge?) and putting together the set for Nicholas Nickleby Part 2 which was built last year for Part 1.  The team are at an advantage as they remember how it all went together last year but that’s not to say that it isn’t a good few days hard work…of course it’s going to look as stunning as it did last year!

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Meanwhile, the props department are hard at work creating props for Part 2.  Jenny is sewing up curtains and Daisy has been working on adapting some screens and has started making a face for a hanging dummy from a live cast (photos to follow!) among other things, the list goes on…

One of the props that George was working on last week involved welding, creating a decorative pawnbrokers sign:Image

He created a jig with blocks of wood to hold each individual piece in place and tacked the pieces to together. He also scrimmed some polystyrene balls and painted them an antique gold which coupled with Daisy’s lettering makes for a very realistic sign.  Here you can see Jenny with the finished article, ready for flying. 

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As well as painting the floor for Part 2, and of course all those signs, the scenic art department have been working hard painting the back cloth for Three Sisters.  This massive cloth will stretch across the back of the stage and will curve into a second cloth which will be laid on the floor, creating a vast sweeping landscape.  Here are some progress photos showing the cloth taking shape, you can see how the team used a grid system to scale up the cloth from the 1:25 model…

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Things are moving fast down in the workshops so expect some more intersting photos soon!

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