Inside the Paintshop

Panto in Progress part 1 - Paintshop

Tuesday 6th November 2012

Part 1 – Paintshop

There’s not long to go now until panto season and this year’s production, Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood looks set to be one of our most popular yet! Backstage, our Paintshop have been busy creating the magical sets ready for opening night. We visited them this week to have a sneak peek at what they’re working on.

The spacious work room used by the Paintshop houses a colourful collection of paint pots and brushes of every size. The floor resembles an artwork itself as it is covered in dots of paint and glitter. Two huge containers of gold and silver glitter are kept in the Paintshop to use on the sets. Sarah Richard, Head of Paintshop explained the easiest way to apply the glitter to the boards was to apply glue to them first and then simply blow the glitter onto it!

The process for the designs began in June, when Tim Meacock the designer created beautiful miniature versions of each piece of scenery. These were photographed and a mini booklet was designed for the production team to use for referral. The designs were then drawn out on paper and traced on to acetate, which meant they could be projected onto the set piece, scaled up by 25 times.

When we visited, the Paintshop team was working on the village scene which takes place at the beginning of the pantomime. Large pieces like this can take 2 – 3 days to complete. Sarah explained that the size of the pieces can sometimes present a challenge, but seeing them all come together on stage during the final productions is a fantastic feeling. You can see more photos taken in the Paintshop in our gallery on the right.

We’ll be bringing you regular updates from behind the scenes of Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood up until the panto opens on Friday 30 November. For more information or to book tickets click here.