Four days in…

As usual there’s no slow start in the Technical Theatre Department and the design realisation workshops are no exception…

We are only four days into the new spring term and already the initial elements of scenery and props are being churned out at an alarming rate. As part of the technical theatre arts course, first year students from other pathways (theatre technology and stage & costume management) are able to spend some time in the design realisation workshops whilst our first year students sample the delights of the other departments. 

This week, the construction and scenic art workshops have been full of lively first years learning new skills that should come in very handy over the next two years…and beyond! I must say it’s been very busy down here but great to see so many new faces trying their hands at some different work. The construction team have worked hard building one of the larger scenic pieces for the upcoming production of Twelfth Night and the scenic art team have been working in pairs completing a project that introduces them to a range of skills we use within scenic art; from wood grain to textured brickwork! Photos to follow tomorrow when they are complete.

Amidst the energetic first years, our teams for the next six weeks have been cracking on with work for the shows ahead. The scenic art team have their hands full already as the floor for Twelfth Night- a series of ‘marbled’ tiles- is stacked up, ready to be painted.  Here Taylor and Hannah are practicing their techniques, creating samples to refer to.

Taylor and Hannah sampling marble finishes

And here you can see just how much there is to paint!

The floor for Twelfth Night ready to paint...

The marbling process is a long one with the effect achieved by building up layers of paint, washes and glaze to create the realistic depth that is required. It going to be a long week next week I imagine but the scenic art team are well and truly up to the task ahead and it will look stunning when it’s all laid in the theatre.

For more information about the production of Twelfth Night at the Guildhall School, visit the school’s website or click here.

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