Fowl play and fair game in the props department…

This week the props team, part of the design realisation department here at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, have been working on a very different set of props for our upcoming opera Owen Wingrave. The team have been making dead pheasants and hares for the production which will be hung to look like they have been hunted.

Here you can see Meg and Tom working on the pheasants and hares, a male and female of each animal. Real fur and feathers were used for the animals to add a sense of realism to the props. They were created by wrapping the skins around armatures made up from a combination of polystyrene, wood and cast plastic for the heads with realistic glass eyes added. I think you will agree they look fantastic and very realistic!

Another interesting props for Owen Wingrave is a dead body (I’m not giving anything away!) which second year design realisation student Hannah has been working on. The hands have been cast in flesh coloured silicone from a plaster mould of prop’s lecturer Pat’s hand. The dummy has been bloodied up and wrapped in plastic sheeting complete with tag and I must say he too looks very realistic…and creepy!

Well if that hasn’t made you want to see our latest opera Owen Wingrave I don’t know what will. Click here for more information about the show and tickets.

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2 thoughts on “Fowl play and fair game in the props department…

  1. Stamford Shakespeare Company is producing Tom Jones next year and I could do with a dead pheasant or two. Do you have any we could buy or hire please?

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