For the next four weeks of the VTP module, we are looking at lighting, the different types of lantern, how to rig the lights, and how to create an effective lantern design. In our first session we looked at gobos and what effects they can create. We looked at the difference between metal gobos and cardboard ones, and where they can be used. The cardboard ones can’t be used in certain lanterns which cast a lot of heat as they could potentially catch fire.
The time has come to start constructing our sets! We began by dividing into chosen groups, and figuring out the amount of materials we had according to the budget, and how it could be evenly distributed, as we were the only group to be building a two-storey set. This meant we really had to to limit the amount of flats we could have, meaning we had to adjust our design quite dramatically. Despite Abi already creating a model box for her design, we had to create a white card model which was a lot more accurate and incorporated all the new features which we had to add in for Health & Safety and budget requirements. Here are Abi’s original designs, and then the white card model which we made afterwards once we had incorporated the other factors.
I have been researching some initial ideas for the atmosphere and setting of the play, and trying to get a feel for 1950s London. In my head I have images of ‘Chicago’ and that cabaret style, however I know this is a completely different time and location, therefore I wanted to conduct some further research so my ideas would be more appropriate for the play. As it is based on a true story, it is so important to be accurate in everything, from costume and makeup, to set and props. Here are some images, some real and some staged, from the 50s to give me a starting point.
In order to make my set realistic and accurate to the time period, I have been researching different styles of furniture and the kind of designs which they had back then. I also have to take into account the setting of the play, which is in a nightclub, and also the colours of the furniture so that the lighting design will compliment it. I have particularly been looking at rotating, or ‘swivel’, chairs as that is what I want my audience to sit on so they have turn around in accordance with the action.
Looking at period clothing for men and women in the 50s. I am particularly interested in Ruth’s costume, and making her appear sexy and seductive, but still with an element of being a victim. I think the small details of her costume are really important such as the glasses and headscarf.
I am also interested in menswear for Jack Gale. There is quite a specific suit which men would wear in the 50s, and I feel this would be accompanied by a trilby hat, appropriate shoes and other accessories.