Design Realisation in Wonderland


Welcome one and all to DR blog 2015!

To start the year, let’s look at some work from the end of last year!

As promised, this is a run down of the first major making project undertaken at the end of last term by our first year students.

Once the first years start to settle in we throw them in at the shallow end with a full on realisation of a small set design created by one of our lecturers. This time round our Construction lecturer Edd, conceived a Victorian drawing room with a difference, where all is not as it seems. Watch closely because, remember, the clues are there, as we go… Through the Looking Glass.

Modelbox closeup 1

Is it a Model? Is it real? Nobody knows… Course we do! It’s the Model box!

Edd’s detailed model offers up a wealth of opportunities to learn new techniques and develop skills.  We can see from the model that this make is going to require upholstery, painting wallpaper, wood graining, marbling, routing, construction of flats including construction of a rotating reveal, rigging of staging and lights, copy painting, frame making, and the construction of various props.

A suitably challenging project which captures the process of realising set designs for Guildhall Productions that will be encountered throughout the rest of the Design Realisation course.


On with the making…


Here’s a look at some of the individual elements…


This piece of copy art by Lana amazed us all, some skills you can teach but others are just natural talent…


So that’s some of the processes involved, let’s take a look at the completed set:


Time to go, Through the Looking Glass and see what we find there…


Final word goes to the designer, seen here revelling in his Wonderland. Well done Edd. A big well done to the first year Design Realisation students and a special thanks to the students in the Technical Theatre department who collaborated on the project providing excellent lighting and sound. It looked great and the feedback was fantastic.  Big productions are round the corner so we’ll see you in fit up!



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