Sunday, 26 February 2012

Stage Designs Laura Thatcher on the illusion of theatre

Almost everything an audience sees on stage is illusion, and the biggest and most expensive illusion of all is the scenery.
For hundreds of years painted cloths and even people have been flown on lengths of rope, and scenery has been pushed and turned by stage crew. Nowadays sets are moved by computer, and metal wires are used instead of rope, but the illusions and theatrical trickery involved are the same as those employed and created three hundred - even four hundred years ago by architects, engineers and set designers whose work is depicted in this selection of drawings.

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