Check out the Chekhov ceiling…

Well it’s here once again, another term is about to start and soon the design realisation workshops will be a hive of activity full of students and staff working hard on creating more amazing productions at the Guildhall School.  Whilst the majority of our technical theatre students have been away for the holidays (except the few that have been working on some exciting and collaborative projects across the school), the design realisation staff have been busy setting up ready for another busy term ahead.  The cogs have already started turning in the construction workshop this week, here’s what we have been up to…

Remember way back in November when the construction team began working on the ceiling section for the upcoming production of Chekhov’s Three Sisters which will be presented in our brand new Milton Court Theatre in the next academic year?  Well look at it now…

The ceiling is an ellipse shape which is made up of four sections in two different sizes.  Each section which was welded back in November has been painstakinly clad with layers of timber and MDF to match the panelling effect on the walls of the rest of the set.  This is the first time that all four sections of the ceiling have been put together.  Secure fixings have been welded in place and holes drilled in order to allow the pieces to be bolted together.  There is still a lot of work to be done making the ceiling piece ready for the production, among other things, the last quadrant needs the magic touch of the scenic art team to add the beautiful woodgrain effect.

It’s been a busy few weeks and I am sure that it’s going to get even busier.  We have some very exciting productions this term including a devised piece at the Bridewell Theatre, which is sure to be interesting, our opera Owen Wingrave in the Silk Street Theatre and of course this year’s musical…Rags!  Fasten your seat belts for 12 more fast paced weeks.

All we need now is a bunch of talented and eager students; roll on Monday…!

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