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We’ve been busy…

Well as usual we have been so busy that I have a computer full of photos I have yet to share with you, and every time I try to post them, something new and interesting happens in the design realisation workshops and I end up taking more photos…

Last week was no exception; the workshops were bustling with students and everywhere you looked something new and exciting was happening.  The scenic art workshop was particularly busy with the last week of associated studies taking place.  Six new first year faces from the other technical theatre streams tried their hands at learning some scenic art skills.  Throughout the week students learnt a variety of scenic art processes from woodgraining, brick work and texturing to spraying, stencilling and dirtying down.  Here are some photos of what they created, looking forward to seeing some of these faces back in the workshops next year for their minor electives…

The rest of the scenic art department have been working hard on the first two productions of the term; the devised piece May 08 which will be in the Bridewell Theatre, and our opera this term Owen Wingrave which will be in our Silk Street theatre.  For May 08 the scenic art workshop was transformed into a sunny paradise with yellow being the theme of the week.  The team stretched and painted two large scenic cloths with a gradient effect of bright yellow fading up the canvas.  They also sprayed a similar fade onto the bottom of the wall section (which the scenic construction associated studies team constructed the week before). Yesterday some of the construction team went down to the Bridewell Theatre to lay the yellow floor that had been painted, which the scenic art team worked on last night; adding a second and third coat of the yellow to create a solid and intense colour as well as finishing the floor with a matt glaze to protect it from scuffs and scrapes.  What do you think?

That’s not all the scenic art team have been up recently, they have also been working on the parquet flooring for the opera.   All of the flooring with the parquet design on has been sent out to a special company to be CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) routed with the intricate pattern on.  Edd drew the parquet design on AutoCAD for the sheets which will be used for the floor as well as cladding for the treads.  The floor is being painted black with a high gloss finish added after it has been laid.

Things have been hotting up in the props department recently too.  The props team have been working hard on the varied prop makes for Owen Wingrave including the picture frame light boxes, a ‘smart’ table and some dead pheasants and rabbits.  Meg and Tom have started working on the skeletons for the animals and Jennie has been making the metal frame for the table this week.  The table is made from angle iron which are extruded lengths of heavy-duty steel in the shape of an ‘L’ at a right angle.  Jennie has been working hard cutting mitres on the steel for the top section which have been carefully welded together using a wooden jig to hold it square.  Lots of clamps and timber held the legs in place to keep them square while it was being welded and I think you will agree it looks very ‘smart’…(couldn’t resist)! 

The construction team have also been getting stuck into Owen Wingrave; building among other things, a massive 3 dimensional frame and working on a large set of treads clad with the parquet flooring.  The fit-up for the opera starts next week so I will be sure to get some photos of the set taking shape in the Silk Street Theatre but here is a little taster of what has been going on…

Well that’s your lot for now (I told you I had a lot of photos!)…next week there should be some interesting shots of the fit-up as well as the rabbits and pheasants taking shape!   Also just to note if you haven’t spotted the new page at the top of the blog our ‘sustainability’ page then check it out and see what the design realisation department are doing to reduce our impact on the environment…one set at a time!

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Four days in…

As usual there’s no slow start in the Technical Theatre Department and the design realisation workshops are no exception…

We are only four days into the new spring term and already the initial elements of scenery and props are being churned out at an alarming rate. As part of the technical theatre arts course, first year students from other pathways (theatre technology and stage & costume management) are able to spend some time in the design realisation workshops whilst our first year students sample the delights of the other departments. 

This week, the construction and scenic art workshops have been full of lively first years learning new skills that should come in very handy over the next two years…and beyond! I must say it’s been very busy down here but great to see so many new faces trying their hands at some different work. The construction team have worked hard building one of the larger scenic pieces for the upcoming production of Twelfth Night and the scenic art team have been working in pairs completing a project that introduces them to a range of skills we use within scenic art; from wood grain to textured brickwork! Photos to follow tomorrow when they are complete.

Amidst the energetic first years, our teams for the next six weeks have been cracking on with work for the shows ahead. The scenic art team have their hands full already as the floor for Twelfth Night- a series of ‘marbled’ tiles- is stacked up, ready to be painted.  Here Taylor and Hannah are practicing their techniques, creating samples to refer to.

Taylor and Hannah sampling marble finishes

And here you can see just how much there is to paint!

The floor for Twelfth Night ready to paint...

The marbling process is a long one with the effect achieved by building up layers of paint, washes and glaze to create the realistic depth that is required. It going to be a long week next week I imagine but the scenic art team are well and truly up to the task ahead and it will look stunning when it’s all laid in the theatre.

For more information about the production of Twelfth Night at the Guildhall School, visit the school’s website or click here.

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