As you may know, I’m heavily involved in local amateur dramatics and currently directing Scunthorpe Little Theatre Club’s (SLTC) October production of the Stephen Briggs adaptation of Sir Terry Pratchett’s ‘Guards! Guards!’
We’re about 6 weeks off our opening night and well into rehearsals which are coming together beautifully, much to my relief as this will be the first full show I’ve directed for the club. However, now it’s the turn of the tech elements to come to the fore.
We have an incredibly talented set builder who has created a three dimensional version of Pratchett’s fantasy city of Ankh-Morpork and now we need to paint it. I spent five hours today working at our rehearsal space and was rather pleased with the results.
I can’t claim the backdrop which you can just make out at the back or the doors, but the stone work on the crenelations is all mine.
Behind the ‘stonework’ is a raised deck, where some of the scenes take place, and the cubbyhole underneath is going to be a dungeon for another scene.
My middle one, who is very artistic (and as dramatic as her mother!) also came along to help and as well as touching up the paintwork on the window, painted the lovely broken plaster effect underneath it.
It’s difficult to see the other side of the stage past stepladders, dungeon doors and bits of set that still need undercoating, but this is a shot of Stage Right.
Overhangs, arches, doorways, jumbled roofs…Ankh-Morpork is really starting to take shape in our rehearsal room.
We are so lucky to have access to such talented members at SLTC. Thank you so much everyone – it’s looking wonderful!!