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Will Gompertz | 09:24 UK time, Wednesday, 3 November 2010

I was at the National Theatre yesterday and popped into their scenery studio - thought you might like to see what's going on backstage.

Here are props and scenery for their next production of Fela!

Props for Fela!

Barbed wire painted and prepared to be sent to America for the latest production of War Horse

Props for War Horse

This a painting frame for Fela!

Painting frame for Fela!


  • Comment number 1.

    Will Gompertz.

    nice workshop.

    "Barbed wire painted and prepared to be sent to America.."

    is this for real?? you'd think that they've enough barbed wire of their own (to paint and use in a production at any rate); perhaps you could provide more detail, such as weight of wire and cost of shipping? this should be interesting.

  • Comment number 2.

    #1 - jr4412 -

    I would venture to sugget that much time, effort and use of files or grinders is going into BLUNTING the barbed wire so as to remove any hazards for cast and crew.

    Better for the NT to satisfy itself that all is risk-free before building the set, wherever that may be.

    No doubt an HSE inspector will be round to examine it in detail!


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