This years autumn drama is a production of Frank Wedekind’s ‘ Lulu,’ and has presented our students with an interesting set design from Agnes Treplin to realise.
The most prominent element of the design is the expansive, panelled wood flooring, which spreads over 5 levels of steel deck across our stage. Our construction students, under the management of Imelda and Jen had the task of erecting the steel deck platforms, making sets of treads to allow access to each of the 5 levels and cutting the MDF floor boards and facia to size in order for scenic art to begin the wood graining process. The required a lot of organisation from construction, as to the untrained eye all the planks and panels looked virtually identical. Thankfully our construction team managed to keep on top of the task!
There were three different types of wood finishes to achieve over the MDF boards from construction and also the custom cut parquet flooring which was ordered in. This required a lot of work for scenic art but was well managed by Helen and brilliantly executed by our second year students Lana and Constance. The paint shop, however, looked like it had developed a wood grain rash, consuming it entirely!
The finished result looks really effective on stage.
Agnes’ design also involved large figurative images of Lulu herself . The challenge of this task was to translate several photographs of the characters from the drama into an Egon Schiele inspired painting. Two of the pictures were painted onto canvas and a selection were painted onto acetate in layers and projected onto a screen at the pack of the stage.
Props were given the task of creating a series of chairs for the set. The raw wooden frames were bought in and our students had to stain and polish the wood and were guided through the tricky process of upholstering, allowing them to create chairs to match the designers specifications. Alena, Oscar and Abi have done a great job and managed to produce really nice pieces of furniture which look really effective on set!
Several of our students have also begun work on their personal projects. Here are a few images of their progress.
Sneha’s cloth painting
Constance’s portrait and Lana’s ‘grisialle’
…and Rosie’s Jukebox!!