Black Shuck: Making the Set

Our delightful Designer for Black Shuck, Michelle Bristow, gives us a glimpse into the world of set building – you can come and see the set in situ, 11-19 May 2016 – book your tickets now!

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We started out by mitre-ing (real word?) some of the timber so that we could make the structure for the bracing. It was hard!

The next part of the support structure, drilling the main upright piece to the bottom support piece.

Bracing pieces completed!

Laying out the pieces ready to have the holes drilled in to mark where the screws go, in order to be flat packed into my car and assembled at the venue.

Marking out the holes and numbering them, so its easy to match up the pieces at the get in.

Jacobean woodstain was the perfect colour, heres the groyne after two coats – 

The fun (and messy) part – painting! All ready for assembly next week. 

5 Minutes with Michelle Bristow

Michelle shows us her spooky designs at the Halloween Tales readthrough
Michelle shows us her spooky designs at the Halloween Tales readthrough

Our wonderful set and costume designer for Halloween Tales, Michelle Bristow, let us have 5 minutes of her valuable sewing time to ask her some questions.

What’s your favourite thing about working on Fetch/Halloween Tales?

The collaboration of ideas, me and Ellie gel really well and I’ve had a lot of fun bouncing ideas around the group, it’s fun to see people’s reactions to the things I’m trying to make creepy!

What’s your favourite past production that you’ve worked on?

Probably Blackshaw’s Alice In Wonderland, it was such a great production to be involved with.

What’s the best show you’ve ever been to?

Have to be a bit generic here and say Warhorse and Wicked are up there in the top 5!

What’s your favourite horror movie?

No faves I’m afraid! (Literally!)

What scares you silly?

I don’t really like dolls very much…

You’re going to a Halloween Party, what are you dressing up as?

I hate dressing up! Such a cliche for a costume designer but it’s the truth. Last year I painted my face like a day of the dead skull though, which was pretty cool.

Not a lot of people know that…

I hate dressing up.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

I love mean girls, some of my friends call me Regina!

What really grinds your gears?

Uplifting quotes of the day….and passive aggressive notes!

You can see all of Michelle’s uplifting quote of the day posters and creepy designs and costumes at Halloween Tales on 30th, 31st October and 1st November. Tickets on sale now!