It’s a race against time..

Week 9 is upon us and we are onto the last leg of this term’s marathon of productions now… curving round the last bend and heading towards the finish line.  And it’s a fitting metaphor for this term too as the last drama of the season is Marathon ’33, a show about dance marathons in the 1930’s.  The opera double bill is out of the silk street theatre now and the space is being prepped for the our last production of the term.  Fit-up starts today and as such the workshops are packed full of set and props being built and painted ready to head on stage.  The set is a really interesting design that utilises the flexibility of the Silk Street Theatre and the ability to move the seating banks and create a variety of shapes and levels in the space.  A lot of metal work has been taking place in the main scenic workshop over the last few weeks and some interesting curved platforms have been made.   If you walked though the workshops you’d be mistaken for thinking that we had a full qualified team of fabricators working in here and not second and third year students who only learned to weld a couple of weeks ago- the quality of work is as usual very high! Here are some shots of the team welding…

The props team have also been working hard making props for Marathon ’33 as well as well as this term’s Opera Scenes which is the first opera scenes to take place in our Milton Court Studio.  The props department have a variety of props to make and have been working on some of the signs for Marathon ’33, bunting and camp beds to name but a few.  Here are some photos of the team in action, more to come…

There’s been no rest for the scenic art team either who have been painting cloths and signs for Marathon ’33- good job they have steady hands as there has been a lot of very detailed signwriting and painting going on.  Here is just a snippet of what the team have been doing…

As you can see we’ve certainly been busy as there’s no stopping quite yet; fit-up starts today and there’s only a few working days left before all the props have to be completed.  Luckily we are up to the task and used to pressure…get your running shoes on team, it’s time for the sprint finish! More photos to come…

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