Day 2 at the RSC

Backstage Pass at the RSC

Two students from Treviglas College are in Stratford this week on work experience with the RSC and have been keeping a rehearsal diary…


Stratford Diaries: Day 2

‘Today meant business! The girls started off day two in their groups (Bethany in scenic arts and Georgia in costume). Bethany went to the Timothy’s Bridge Road workshop to add more textures to the wooden groyne structures that are to be part of the shipwreck set. This involved Bethany painting, using different techniques, including spray guns, flick painting and layering paint. Having been sent some props from the props department, Bethany set about ‘stressing’ a life-ring, to make it look like it has been through a storm.  Bethany said, “I’ve had a really good day, particularly using the spray gun to add the ‘dirt’ effect.”

Meanwhile, Georgia spent the morning at the RSC dye workshop, ‘distressing’ the costume she had chosen the previous day, in order to make it look like it too had been through a shipwreck. This involved, cutting into the costume and diluting a fabric spray with water to create a  salt water effect (It is also used to create sweat stains on certain costumes!). In the afternoon, Georgia was sewing patches onto the costume, and further customising it. She commented, “It’s been interesting learning new techniques, such as various stitching techniques and the dye work.”

The day ended with an automation display, in which students went into the RST (The RSC’s main theatre), and were shown how automation is used to bring in set pieces during the current production of A Christmas Carol. The students saw pieces flying in from above, and rising out of the stage. They were treated to an actor’s view from the stage, as the set revealed itself at the start of the play. Looking out at the 1000 seat auditorium is very special indeed. Another memory to cherish!

Thursday will see the student team coming together to install the production in the studio theatre at The Other Place for technical runs and rehearsals. Exciting it is bound to be!’




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