An array of panto props

Panto in Progress part 3 - Props

Thursday 22nd November 2012

A sneak peek behind the scenes

This week we had the chance to visit a very exciting part of Nottingham Playhouse – the props department. Here, Nathan Rose our Head of Props has been busy working with the rest of the team to make all the props for our pantomime, Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood. There is a long list of props to tick off, which includes some rather interesting items. We spotted bloomers, sausages, a cornetto and an owl, which will all somehow end up in the panto!

Original drawings are given to the team by the show’s designer, which are then made into reality out of various materials such as plastazote, a light foam similar to the material used for camping mats. The larger, trickier items are made early on as well as anything that will be needed in rehearsals.

Skeletons in the closet

In the back room are dozens of shelves full of props used in previous plays, some dating way back to the early days of the Playhouse, sixty years ago. We spotted rows of old telephones, radios and even a couple of skeletons! Nothing is thrown away, and on a crowded shelf sits the model puppy used in the recent production of Of Mice and Men. Have a look through the photos on the right and see if there’s any objects you recognise from past performances.

Not long to go now!

There’s just one more week left before the panto opens. We’ll bring you the final glimpse behind the scenes next week. To book tickets for Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood, click here.

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