For our first year Stage Managers, the Props Presentation is the first project they work on within their classes. The students are given a playwright each and asked to choose one of their plays, then they need to research the play and write a props list.
The next part of the project is to source a small selection of the items – this must include a variety of skills that they’ve learned so far, including using items from our stores, buying (including haggling with sellers if they think the price is too high!), hiring, making and borrowing. All of this is hypothetical, so they don’t actually have to pay for or provide the items, just provide proof they’ve spoken to people.
Here are some photographs from this years presentations.
Darcey presented Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party – complete with fried slice.
Em’s play was Boston Marriage by David Mamet, she rescued an old photo frame from the store and brought it back to life.
Kate B’s lovely bourbon label was her make, ready for A Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill.
Kate S presented props for Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion – including using Photoshop to make a range of fliers for products that would be posted through people’s front doors.
Katherine presented information on some lovely hired items, alongside a borrowed Samsonite briefcase for Comedians by Trevor Griffiths.
Liv showed us lots of different skills with Photoshop to make her wine bottle label, pill bottles and magazines, all for Pam Gems’ Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi.
Peter presented a range of items for Plenty by David Hare – including a glass of whiskey and bottle of gun cleaning fluid.
Ross brought several items from A Chorus of Disapproval by Alan Ayckbourn to life.
Alex made this wire basket out of coathangers for her props display from Noel Coward’s Present Laughter.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee was presented by Andrea.
Devon presented props from George Farquhar’s The Recruiting Officer.
Emily N presented Top Girls by Caryl Churchill. She spent a lot of time working on her sewing skills to bring this tablecloth as one of her makes.
Emily R’s play Red Lions by Patrick Marber is all about a football club. Whilst making match day programmes and a range of posters, Emily decided to design the club crests for the Red Lions and their opposing team.
Emma presented Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s Her Naked Skin – and took a research trip to the Museum of London for information on the Suffrage movement.
Matt presented a range of props from One Man, Two Guvnor’s by Richard Bean.
Miriam’s props are all from Angels in America by Tony Kushner.
And third year student Calum decided to do a demonstration with the ironing board Matt had sourced while he was having a look at all of the displays!
Well done all!