To celebrate the opening season of the newly restored Darlington Hippodrome, starting from this week, the students from Level 5 Production Design for Stage and Screen are showcasing scale set designs in the Hippodrome’s brand new exhibition space. This is set to be the first showcase in the new exhibition space at the newly refurbished venue.
After a long period of research and design, the task was to create 3D 1:25 scale model set boxes bringing to life many of the wonderful sets that have been displayed at the Hippodrome’s famous auditorium. This challenged the students to re-imagine the renowned and loved production sets and allowed them to try new design skills and techniques.
Throughout the crucial research the students looked at various themes and stories, past adaptations, scripts, fairy-tales and novels. They were also encouraged to explore different historical stylistic periods such as Art deco and Victorians as these design styles heavily influence the theatre and entertainment we see today; therefore this research was pivotal. Once the research was completed the students were equipped with the knowledge to begin on their sketch books, then to practice the designs on 3D white card, to then assemble their final models.
The final results show beautiful and intricate designs. The individual pieces are astounding, such as a 27 pieces grandfather clock, as are the completed sets, which range from medieval pantos and distressed warehouses, to ethereal lakes and Victorian parlors.
To see the sets in all their glory, head to the Darlington Hippodrome before June, it’s one not to miss!