Old Day School, Bluntisham

BacStage isn't just about the acting you know… The preparation is everything !

Bluntisham and Colne Stage Group

BacStage isn't just about the acting you know… The preparation is everything !

Everyone who comes to see our productions, ( and if you don’t , I really think you should  😉  ) only sees the end result of months of hard work and that’s not just about people learning lines but about lots of other jobs that need to be done and a couple of weeks ago the job that needed doing most was preparing and painting the flats.

Flats???   have you moved house I hear you say …


Here’s a definition of flats.

“Flats, short for Scenery Flats, are flat pieces of theatrical  scenery which are painted and positioned on stage so as to give the appearance of buildings or other background.” ” Flats can be soft or hard covered. Soft-covered flats (covered with canvas or muslin) have changed little from their origin in the Italian Renaissance.” 

Ours are the soft-covered variety ( bit like most of the group 😉 ) and here are a few photos of the work in progress.

As you can see it involved a lot of peeping behind things or from behind things !! ( they’re not really a lot of peeping toms ! ) before the painting could begin.


Not only peeping went on but an awful lot of lugging and holding -up  too, at which Cynthia was quite an expert!…..



……eventually the painting got under way and only took a fraction of the time the preparation took… not least because a certain person, who will remain nameless but he knows who he is!! decided, after we had joined some of the flats together, that it needed to be done another way… so all had to be changed. Ho Hum ..all part of the fun..

Did I say that last bit convincingly?

Oh and if you want a closer look at some of our glamorous painting crew, just click on any of the photos to make them bigger. The photo that is not the people  😀

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Below is what all this work is for..

Would be great if you could come along and see the finished result… or if you want to join this merry band of experienced handymen  actors, you’d be welcomed with open arms; whatever your skills or lack of them !! Their number is on the poster below.

Combinations MTD 14

by Peter Gordon
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited


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