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New life for an old set…

Posting about all the interesting things we do here in design realisation is something that I love to do; sharing photos of current projects and new processes, talking about the many talented staff and students we have in the workshops and hopefully providing some insight into the world of design realisation.  That said, it feels really good to post about something new…

In design realisation, and across the entire school, sustainability is an important topic.  We know that as a department we use a significant amount of materials and as such we create a lot of waste.  Where possible we try to recycle and reuse as much of the materials we use as outlined on our dedicated Sustainability Page.  But what about when we have a set like our final production last term, Marathon ’33?  We ordered in very specific (and very large) timber to achieve the design objects of the production which we have very little use for afterwards due to its size and the sheer quantity…

Screwing one of the large platforms together

One of the sleeping platforms

So we gave it away.  Andy, our lecturer in Construction Management got in contact with a local charity organisation called the Hackney Play Association, ‘a play development charity working to improve children and young people’s quality of life, through play’.  The Hackney Play Association were more than happy to take our timber for use in two Hackney adventure playgrounds: Homerton Grove Adventure Playground and Shakespeare Walk Adventure Playground.  They even came to collect the timber in a very ‘green’, and very quirky converted old milk cart…

Off to the playground...

It might not look that much tightly packed here but we gave away nearly a tonne of used timber from our production to be recycled into new playground equipment.  It’s so nice to think that our potential waste is being re-used in such a lovely way.  The education of future theatre professionals is of paramount importance to us here in design realisation, but it’s wonderful to think that timber our students used here will be used to help younger children learn through play in local playgrounds in London. 

Check out the wonderful work that the Hackney Play Association do at their website

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The Great Technical Theatre Bake-Off

Well anyone who knows us here in design realisation, and indeed the whole of the technical Theatre Arts Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, knows that as well as being creative, technical and hard working, there is something else we do quite well too…we love baking!

To coincide with the Great British Bake-off currently showing on the BBC, we decided to hold our own little bake-off in aid of charity.  As part of the Macmillan Cancer Support coffee morning appeal, staff and students within technical theatre baked and sold cakes and biscuits to raise money for Macmillan. 

Our stall!


We raised a total of £101 pounds! And as part of the bake sale, we asked people to vote for the entry that they thought was the best presented.  Here are the runners-up:

In 3rd place is second year design realisation student Jasmine Bromley with her Carrot Cupcakes featuring beautiful golden roses on top…

Jasmine's Carrot Cupcakes

In close second place was Digital performance Lecturer Dan Shorten’s Daisy Cupcakes…

Dan's Daisy Cupcakes

But the winner and our very own Star Baker, by a long shot,  was third year Theatre Technology student Katie Ducarreaux and her amazing Chocolate Hoots!

Katie's Chocolate Hoots!

It’s clear that we don’t just create fantastic shows here at the Guildhall School, we also bake fantastic cakes too! I should say a massive thanks to everyone who baked, bought, ate and sold today; over £100 is going to Macmillan Cancer Support to help them in the brilliant work they do, and as always the generosity of staff and students here is inspiring.

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