From one show to the next…

Week six of the summer term has arrived; minus the Bank Holiday Monday, plus the rain of course…

Week six means that the design realisation department are finishing the last tweaks and additions for this term’s opera Owen Wingrave and are starting work on this term’s musical, Rags. The scenic art and props department spent last week planning and sampling for the musical. Sampling is an important stage in the design realisation process as this is when we try out different techniques and materials to best achieve the finish desired by the designer. Here you can see the scenic art team and Clare from props working on various samples for Rags, designed by Susannah Henry. There are a lot of elements for the musical and lots of paint effects that need to be sampled including the floor and two scenic cloths. Looks good so far, it’ll be interesting to see what techniques and finishes will be used on the final set.

The construction team have been finishing their work on Owen Wingrave by making the last element of the set; some decorative handrails. Painted with the same high gloss seen in the rest of the set, the handrail has been made by welding pieces of box steel together using a jig to hold all of the elements in place and square. Decorative ‘baskets’ were made up to add embellishment to some of the handrails which were constructed in a separate jig beforehand. Here you can see pictures of the handrails being constructed and the various steps in the process. I think you will agree they look very smart and in keeping with the aesthetic of the rest of the production.

This week, look out for the scenic art, scenic construction and props department starting work on the musical. The fit-up is only a few weeks away so things are going to get pretty busy once again in the design realisation workshops…

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