Thursday, 27 August 2015

The Munitionettes - Fun in the Oven

This week I am working up in Newcastle on an R and D for 'The Munitionettes', a show by Fun in the Oven. The Munitionettes were the women that worked in the munitions factories in the first world war, often also referred to as the 'Canary girls'. Their skin turned yellow from constant contact with dangerous substances such as cordite.

Here is an interesting extract from the diary of Miss G West:

July 22nd 1916 Today I was shown over the factory as a great favour. First I s
aw cordite made into charges. Each charge consists of five or six little bagsful and a core. Each little bag is shaped like a lifebelt. The quantity of cordite it contains has to be weighed to a pin’s head. Even the silk it is sewn up with is weighed. Each bag contains a different weight and the five or six are then threaded on the core. The core is made of a bundle of cordite like a faggot. The whole charge is then packed in a box with a detonator. Then I was shown the lyddite works. This is a bright canary yellow powder (picric acid) and comes to the factory in wooden tubs. It is then sifted. The house (windows, doors, floor and walls) is bright yellow, and so are the faces & hands of all the workers. As soon as you go in the powder in the air makes you sneeze and splutter and gives you a horrid bitter taste at the back of the throat. After sifting, the acid is put in cans and stood in tanks where it is boiled until it melts into a clear fluid like vinegar. Then it is poured into the shell case. But a mould is put in before it has time to solidify. This mould when drawn out leaves a space down the middle of the shell. Before it is drawn out beeswax is poured in, & then several cardboard washers put in. Then the mould is replaced by a candle shaped exploder of TNT or some other very high explosive is put in. After this the freeze cap is screwed in and then two screws have to be put in to hold it firm. The holes for these screws must not be drilled straight into the detonator. If they do the thing explodes

Fun in the Oven are currently seeking more funding through a Kickstarter project, help if you can!:

Here is a link to my Pinterest board with more images and research

Panto - Jack and the Beanstalk

I've nearly finished the set and props designs for Jack and the Beanstalk! 
A traditional panto set in a circus.

Front cloth:


Trapeze puppets

Peepshow - Jack in the box

We are currently working on a new show for the peepshow box. 
It is called 'Jack in the box ' a traditional Georgian style pantomime of Jack and the the box.

I've made some stick puppets, creating smaller versions of the puppets I made for the first show. The idea is that all the puppets are to look like Tony, who plays the Raree man.

Here is the giant's beard and beanstalk.

Watch it grow:

Tony is currently performing with the Peepshow up at the Georgian Theatre Royal

Pancakes for 'Sphere' - A project measuring health with wearable sensors

I knocked up some latex pancakes for my boyfriends current project 'Sphere'.

Fair Game R and D ideas

I was part of the team working on and R and D for a new show by Small Acts of Rebellion called Fair Game. Here are some initial ideas that came out of the R and D.

Book of Mormon costumes for the broadway tours.

The team at Jagprops have been working on two new Book of Mormon monster costumes for the American broadway tour. 

Ice cream costume for the new Blur music video - Ong Ong

The costume was worn by Damon Albarn in the video:

Made for Jagprops, with help from Sam Batlle and Maddy Humbertsone.

Panto initial design ideas/sketches

Here are some initial ideas for each scene for Panto.