The Mikado Stage design for the Julian Light Operatic Society's production of Gilbert & Sullivans "The Mikado". Painted stage with oriental tree, origami swans, lilly pads and flowers.
The Mikado The tree is cut out of MDF board and supports 6 parasols.
The Sorcerer Stage design for the Julian Light Operatic Society's production of Gilbert & Sullivans "The Sorcerer". The whole set was made from a series of cutout shapes and the floor was covered with artificial grass.
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HMS Pinafore Stage design for the Julian Light Operatic Society's production of Gilbert & Sullivans "HMS Pinafore". I pre-fabricated many of the components at home. As a little boy I used to be fascinated by sailing ships. Here was a chance to build part of one full scale.
HMS Pinafore I even danced the hornpipe.
HMS Pinafore The orchestra were plced on the raised deck behind.
HMS Pinafore The 9 pounder cannon was made from a variety of materials.
The Yeomen of the Guard Stage design for the Julian Light Operatic Society's production of Gilbert & Sullivans "The Yeomen of the Guard".
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Iolanthe Stage design for the Julian Light Operatic Society's production of Gilbert & Sullivans "Iolanthe". We wanted a surreal look. Work in progress
Iolanthe A distorted Houses of Parliament.
Iolanthe When fairies interfere with the House of Peers strange things are likely to happen.
Iolanthe The orchestra were put on a bandstand. The tree roots spread across the stage.Even the guard's sentry box was distorted.
Iolanthe The bedhead was even distorted in the nightmare scene.
Ruddigore The design for the Julian Light Operatic Society's production of Gilbert & Sullivans's "Ruddigore" involved making mini scenes in 2 1/2 dimensions that were installed within boxes on trollies with trompe l'oeil frames. These pieces were then rolled on and off as the scenes changed. There was also a big framed screen onto which still photos and bits of film were projected.
Ruddigore The portrait gallery involved making life sized photographic cutouts that revolved so that the ghosts could step through. Ruddigore Here the ghosts have appeared./p>
Ruddigore One of the 2 1/2 dimensioned mini scenes before insertion into its box.
Ruddigore Here it is in its box with trompe l'oeil gold frame.
Ruddigore Another mini scene.
Ruddigore Another mini scene. This one is actually flat.
The Gondoliers The design for the Julian Light Operatic Society's production of Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Gondoliers" involved a painted stage floor and making large hanging photographs. In the first act set in Venice the scenery and costumes were in black and white.
The Gondoliers I also made cutout Vespas.
The Gondoliers Here you see a cutout gondola and I felt penned the Fornasetti sun design onto the parasol.
The Gondoliers The 2nd act was set in colour on the fictitious Mediterranean island of Barataria. Note the adaption of the Espana tourist sign.
The Gondoliers This is the drinks trolley with an adaption of a Joan Miro mural painted around it.
The Gondoliers And here it is in action.
La Belle Hélène The design for the Julian Light Operatic Society's production of Offenbach's "La Belle Hélène" involved using an adapted bed as a chassis for a chariot and a boat.
La Belle Hélène This is the chariot/bed.
La Belle Hélène Here is the boat.
La Belle Hélène The arrival of king Agamemnon by chariot with the other kings. A suspended gantry was slung over the orchestra and another curved proscenium arch was constructed. The set was to give the impression of an art Deco German cabaret (The Labarynth Cabaret). The gold, turquoise and purple design was inspired by a piece of fabric.
La Belle Hélène Being the Labarynth Cabaret, I did an enlargement of one of several small Picasso drawings of the Minotaur and the Nude.
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