Week three is here and the workshops are buzzing and whirring with activity. Associated Studies is over for another term so the departments have spread back out, filling the workshops with set and props, samples and ongoing projects…
Work is continuing with this term’s opera, Pinocchio, with lots of pieces being made. In the props department, Giulia and Marie have been working on the puppets for the show. These puppets are really interesting as they are secured around the necks of some of the characters so that their own faces animate the faces of the puppets. Sophie has been continuing her work on the eerie Crow Doctor’s mask which is taking shape and becoming more frightening every time I walk past! Meanwhile, Katie has been carrying on with her work on Pinocchio’s hair; making a plaster mould of the sculpted clay hair and casting it in latex coloured with black pigment…looking good so far.
The scenic art team have been continuing their work on the bricks, adding washes to make them more realistic and ageing them; I think you’ll agree that they look fantastic! They’re also been sample other paint finishes including gold for the last crest and the floor. Anna has also been working hard on the gravestone, creating a marbled finish and drawing up the lettering which will be painted with a trompe l’oeil effect so that it looks like it’s been carved into the marble.
The construction team have also been busy working on the two Blue Fairy houses; adding windows, adding MDF tiles to the roof so that it looks like it’s been tiled with slate and making doors for the houses. Will has also been working on a mechanism for one of the doors which ‘breaks’ when it gets kicked…I’ll try not to say too much in case I ruin the surprise- all in the name of the magic that is theatre!
Anyway as I’m sure you can see, we’ve been quite busy here in the design realisation workshops. There’s still a lot to do and a full week ahead of us so I am sure there will be more photos…stay tuned!