Theatre Studies

So, as it’s my birthday weekend and I’m usually gallivanting around the country at this time of year, this weekend doesn’t usually see much in the way of hobby-related activities being completed. However, what with the reduction in overall salary coming in, a jaunt to far-flung places couldn’t really be justified this year – so I was treated to a surprise lunch at an Ascot restaurant, followed by a trip to the cinema. And because my family like to surprise me, it wasn’t until the title card came up on the screen that I knew which movie I was about to see…

It was the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which, for a long-term Queen fan such as myself, was a treat in itself. Not strictly 100% historically accurate, but an enjoyable celebration of Messrs Mercury, May, Taylor and Deacon, with some spot-on performances by the actors concerned. And plenty of cracking music.

Anyway, birthing-day stuff aside, I found my modelling talents called upon this weekend to assist my daughter, who is studying Drama at A Level. She was required to produce a model of a theatre set to show to her teacher how she would stage a specific play.

There she was, sitting in the middle of the lounge, surrounded by cardboard boxes, mouth turned down at the corners and getting stressed due to the fact that she had a few rough sketches of what she wanted to achieve, but no real idea of how to go about it.

My wife turned to me and said, “Jeremy, Can you help her?”

I, of course, being a responsible parent, immediately said “Yes, of course,” whilst rubbing my hands together inside my head with glee.  So, I cried havoc and let slip the dogs of war…gaming.

She needed the ‘black box theatre’ main building, the set – which must have two working doors and a large picture window – and a variety of scale furniture, including a filing cabinet, desk, two chairs, a coat-stand and what she described as an ‘old telephone’, i.e. a rotary dial ‘phone.

So, having talked it back and forward with her, we began work and it was finally completed about 10.30pm last night. And this is the result;

To give a sense of size, it’s approximately 1: 24 scale, so 1 inch equals roughly 2 feet. This is a bit of a departure for me, as I usually work at 28mm, which is approximately 1:56-ish.

I was responsible for the all the furniture and have to say I’m pretty pleased with how it came out, as everything is immediately identifiable as what it was intended to be. Whilst not obvious in the picture above, the filing cabinet does have individual handles on each drawer.

So, a weekend where I was treated to lunch out, a visit to the cinema and actively encouraged by my wife to unleash my inner geek for the benefit of my daughter.

Can’t really complain now, can I?

Until next time…

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7 thoughts on “Theatre Studies

  1. Hope you had a great birthday Jez, it sounds like you did. The A level project looks great, and I’m sure your daughters teachers will think so too. It’s always hard when being asked to help with a school project and not just end up doing it all for them ! Fell into that trap once or twice myself ! LOL

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    • Thanks Dave. Seems like you had a good holiday and apologies for not yet commenting. There is a fine line between ‘helping’ and ‘taking over’ and there may have been one or two disagreements along the way, but she seemed happy with it. I am rather curious as to what was said by the teacher concerned, but will wait until this info is volunteered…don’t want to appear TOO eager for praise. Lol

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  2. Nice work Jez, glad to see that there wasn’t a trapdoor fitted, otherwise I would have had to make one of those awful “Just a stage she was going through” jokes 😉

    Cheers Roger (who has made full size Norman shields and axes from plywood in the past, the latter was confiscated by Matty’s history teacher and still hangs up in his classroom, I’m rather proud of that!).

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    • Thanks Roger. Not exactly ‘gaming’ related, but still hobby-ish, so felt justified posting it. Hopefully normal service will resume shortly, niw that I’ve separated out the reviews to the new blog.

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  3. Doesn’t it just suck when your wife asks you to do work you hate? 🙂 Well done. Who would have thought you would need scale-modelling skills in drama school?
    Just out of curiosity, up until now, has your daughter been generally indifferent to your hobby?

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    • Yeah, it’s terrible. But at least they now appreciate my “mad skillz”…i think that’s the right term. And my daughter has referred to some of my hobby modelling as ‘sick’, which is apparently a good thing.

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