Post Mortem Mystery and Opera Scenes

It’s a bit early for Christmas shows, but it does seem appropriate that we’re rounding off this term with a play by someone called Noël…

The big drama production of this term is the Coward Play ‘Post Mortem’, a show that is rarely put on stage, so it’s nice that we’re giving it a bit of a revival here at Guildhall. We’ve pulled out all the stops on this one, and the staging is probably one of the most elaborate designs we’ve seen in a while… though unfortunately it’ll have to remain a bit of a mystery until the grand unveiling on opening night!


What on earth could all these frames be for?


I think I’m starting to ‘C’ what’s going on here…


You could say this project has had a bit of a learning curve, but Spike’s going to be a pretty good welder by the end!

The Construction team have been busy making large steel curves using our metal bending machine, then welding them together with A MIG welder to create large support structures for… well, you’ll have to come and watch the show to see! Needless to say, the usual flats that make up our normal sets are nowhere to be seen!


A unique way to keep the carpet clean… or a workshop version of ‘The Floor is Lava’


The scale of this show nearly pulled the rug out from under our feet, but it’s nothing our students can’t handle!

If you thought the distinct lack of flats or back cloth would leave our Scenic artists with nothing to do, you were very wrong; they were given “1930”,  an Art Deco carpet by Sonia Delaunay to replicate on a much larger scale. They had to do a lot of testers to see what would colour the carpet best, but in the end, good old Rosco and Covent garden Primer did the trick!


Probably could have made an actual floor with a team like this!


Looking Parquet Okay!

And finally, many a long evening has been spent creating the herringbone parquet floor for the upcoming Opera Scenes. In order to create the ‘Community Centre’ effect, our students marked out gridlines and used stencils to paint the basic pattern. They then glazed and wood grained each brick, and added multiple layers of different washes to bring it all together. It looks so good, lets hope it doesn’t distract the audience and act as a bit of a red herring (bone)!


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