Final push for fit up!

We are in fit up period now and the pressure is on in DR. Everyone is exhausting their last remaining pockets of energy to push the final pieces of the set out. The hard work is proving worthwhile as the set is looking amazing!

The walls have all been installed on stage now and so we can see the spaces coming together which is always a rewarding moment.

fit up 1 fit up bedroom fit up man cave revolve castors

The 4th picture shows how the two revolving walls have been placed on castors to allow them to run smoothly along the floor and glide past each other to reveal the different spaces of the set.

There were a few hairy moments when installing and testing the revolve and a few adjustments had to be made but the kinks have been ironed out and much to everyone’s relief…the revolve works!!…

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In scenic art the last large stencil piece to be completed was for the removable kitchen walls. The walls are made from a double layered, corrugated plastic which makes them very light weight and ideal for the scene change. These like the other walls in the set had to be primed before painting and glazed to complete the job. It was a huge team effort and required all the pasting tables in the building but we got there and they look great up.

kitchen stenciling1kitchen walls onstage

Our scenic artists are now spending the final part of the week working on the individual art pieces for the rooms in the set.

scenic art paintings

In construction the main task at the moment is completing the kitchen units which are constructed as two steel trucks and clad in MDF to allow them to be easily moved during the scene changes.

kitchen1 kitchen2   the beginings of a kitchen

Props has been busy finishing off the circular sofa for the man cave and building the bar. The bar itself has been partly made up of an old reception desk which was built for a previous show and has been extended and adapted for use in the opera. It has been a big project with difficulties along the way but our second year student Becca has done a great job so far and is now in the stages of painting the panels.

bar1 bar get its base coat

Welcoming our first years to DR!

In other news I must welcome our new recruits to Design Realisation. Our first years have been with us for a few weeks now and have had a selection of sessions with us, introducing the different areas of DR. Here’s a peak at some of the things they have been working on.

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One of their sessions involved exploring the, ‘science of bridge making!’ Guided by the mad hatter himself, lecturer Edd, the students were asked to create a load bearing bridge from basic materials and then they had to test them out with weights (M10 bolts) to see which one held the most.

Our first years have also been introduced to wood graining and texturing in scenic art where they were taught how to produce a wooden panelled effect with paint and also how to recreate elements of exterior brickwork and concrete areas. In props they have had sessions sculpting in clay and producing plaster moulds and have had a go at polycarving. Here are some of the final pieces.

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Hope you’re enjoying the course so far!

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