Theatre is a form of entertainment as old as human civilisation. From the satirical comedies of Aristophanes to the extravagant dramas of Shakespeare, its stance as a creative outlet and academic resource is unparalleled. For this reason, theatre stage design is crucial to resurrecting the written word, but we’ve come a long way since our days in antiquated amphitheaters. Now, we have the added bonus of electricity and technology to bring theatre productions to life. The practical aspects are just as important as the performers on stage, so keep reading to discover more about this beloved artform.
Props & Scenery
Arguably, immersion is pivotal to enjoying a theatrical performance. Actors can only do so much to convince you that their fictional world is real, which is where talented stagehands come into play. Props and scenery marry both the audience and the actor to the moment. While not always necessary depending on the nature of the play, it adds compelling iconography to the plot. They can also aid with dramatic principles to tell a captivating story (e.g. Chekhov’s gun, props should only be involved if they serve a narrative purpose).
Scenery and props go hand-in-hand and perform a similar function. Scenery encompasses background props, drapes and backdrops, all of which contribute to establishing unspoken narratives. Whether minimalist or intricate, it’s important to ‘set the scene’ through context clues and relevant visual aids. Costumes also play an important role in maintaining immersion. Erroneous or anachronistic character design will detract from the overall experience.
Lighting is a crucial aspect of stage design. It can evoke a powerful range of emotions through careful and calculated placements (on top of keeping your actors visible). Even ancient playwrights took full advantage of their limited daylight to set a scene. They used large mirrors to manipulate sunrays during a performance, so ‘mood lighting’ is nothing new. Thankfully, using oversized mirrors is an antiquated technique by today’s standards.
Light placement and colour saturation can make or break a performance. To help your audience emulate a desired mood or energy, appropriate lighting is arguably the most important tool at your disposal. It can provide the audience with important context clues to discern the time of day, weather and general mood of the characters on stage. When done correctly, it’ll create a seamless and immersive atmosphere that your audience will never forget.
Finally, what about the stage? That’s where we come in. Top-tier stage design starts with the stage itself. You wouldn’t build a house on poor foundations, and a theatre production is no different. There’s no limit to our stage design capabilities. We can design a stage tailored to your unique specifications, irrespective of height, size or style. We can also offer advice on the most practical layout to make sure your sight lines are uninhibited. After all, if you can’t see the performance, what’s the point?
Theatre Stage Design & Seating With Grandstand Systems
To inquire about our stage design services, get in touch with us today. For a flawless and fully immersive experience, we can also draft bespoke theatre seating for your production. We’ll handle everything from fabrication to installation, so you don’t have to worry about the heavy lifting. We would be honoured to bring your aesthetic vision to life, so call us for an estimate.