Consul-idating our work…

This is a bit of a late up date, but that just shows how busy its been over the last few weeks! The Cherry Orchard has just started it’s run, The Consul is nearly ready to go, and Crimp 1,2,3 & 4 are a mere spiral staircase filled memory.


Stairway to… probably the skip by now.

The set for the famous Chekov play featured a number of interesting things made by the students, such as some telegraph poles made of steel and wood, then textured with idenden to look like a slightly different type of wood (Aah, the magic of theatre). However the Cherry on top was definitely the floor, which really gave the scenic art students a chance to show off their skills.


As you’d expect, these poles were pretty tall, so needed to be reinforced with a steel frame. Forms were then cut out of Plywood on the C&C machine, and clad using timber and more plywood. The scenic artists then added a 3D wood grain before painting using Idenden, just give it that extra bit of texture.


Hours of careful tracing and mapping out the repeating patterns went into the floor, and it really paid off!

Meanwhile, over in Props, the students were getting a slight sinking feeling… Their job was to create all the appliances needed in a small kitchen- everything from the basin, the cupboards to the small oven and hob. This gave them an opportunity to do a bit of 3D printing for the various buttons and logos each piece needed, and also a chance to try some new techniques using dirty down spray.


The Jesmonite needed a bit of a clean up after coming out of the mould, but nothing some sanding and a chisel couldn’t fix.


The sink was originally made of MDF, then a mould was made out of Plaster. Layers of Jesmonite and Quadaxial Stitched (Quad) Glass were then used to cast out the original shape, with a metal frame inside for added reinforcement.


Um… is Anna Ok?


Going through props at the moment feels like a trip to Ikea…

The painters also got a chance to do lots of dirtying down- suffice to say, the set looks wonderfully disgusting. Meanwhile, Construction were busy making a rotating stage for the set to sit on- the rooms for the kitchen, office and hallway all sit on the same base, which can be turned for smooth transitions between scenes.


A ‘H’ frame of Steel deck was bolted together and given casters so it could roll around the stage. The holes were then filled with wooden frames to keep it as light as possible and then the whole thing had to be flipped and attached to a rotation point. (We wanted it to move, but not too freely!)


I takes a lot of work to make wallpaper look this bad (a good 3 or 4 washes in fact!)


.I just hope they didn’t get too much inspiration for the mould from their student kitchens…



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