We have been continuing with our ‘Normansfield – Protecting a Theatrical Past’ project and have now almost completed the external drainage work to both sides of our basement area where our scenery storage rack is based. The drainage team opened and repaired the existing drainage channels and have now connected and installed a sump pump. Work will be completed early in October.
A team of seven, under the guidance of David Wilmore, photographed every piece of scenery in our storage area in the theatre. Backdrops, borders, additional flats and standalone pieces of stage scenery were photographed. Karen Thompson, who was part of the original Conservation team, was here to assess the condition of the scenery. A workshop for four GCSE photography students was held and two students from Bournemouth University, who are documenting the project, filmed throughout.
The next stage of the project will be the cataloguing of the scenery and the IT work on the virtual theatre which will take place this autumn.
A selection of photographs from the student workshop and a sample of the backdrops are shown below.
An example of one of the Victorian borders The team laying out one of the backdrops for hanging
River scene backdrop An example of one of the additional flats
GCSE students with David Wilmore during their workshop