Friday, September 13, 2013

MTC-HQ: Behind the Scenes At Melbourne Theatre Company

Four pianos are backed up against the astonishing red walls in the corridor. The atmosphere is close and slightly confronting. Turning a corner, we pass rehearsal rooms. Rehearsals for Solomon and Marion are underway.

The corridor opens into a huge warehouse space. Alcoves on two levels accommodate props, a wet area, workspaces and offices. The air is cool, and it feels a little urgent. On the floor, huge boards lie flat, waiting to be of service. Over yonder tall blue scaffolding and a roller-door lead to the loading dock.

This is MTC-HQ.

Australia’s oldest professional theatre company, and one of the English world’s largest theatre companies, is celebrating its 60th birthday. Some employees have been here for decades, representing in excess of 300 years of collective knowledge and theatre experience.

Each year Melbourne Theatre Company produces twelve major productions, an education program and season of new or independent works. For each shows, sets are designed and constructed, props found, renovated and crafted, costumes sourced and sewn, and sometimes hats, wigs, and art finishing are required. Continue reading

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