Sets can be challenging. Every play needs a set.
Of course, theatrical traditions don’t always call for elaborate ones. For example, the Japanese Noh theatre style uses very minimalist sets. A single branch might represent an entire tree, for instance. Then again, the whole style is very minimalist – none of the pomp and pageantry of, say, kabuki or opera.
Sometimes, you can make the necessary stuff in the theatre itself. Things that only require basic woodwork, for instance. Almost every stage in the world has a set piece for the balcony scene from Romeo & Juliet.
In other times, you need to bring the set to the theatre. Some productions have props or set pieces that are just too involved or too complex for a set design crew to make. You need specialists in this field or that, and getting them to the theatre can be a challenge.
Some of those times, the set might be fragile. That’s more likely than I care to admit. Mostly because the sets don’t need to be made of super-durable materials, especially if the production won’t see a lot of use.
In such cases, you need to make special arrangements to make sure the sets get to the theatre intact.
Having a mobile mechanic Perth 24 7 at the ready is essential. You never know when the truck that’s driving might break down. You’d be surprised at the odd hours some theatres keep when it comes to getting set pieces delivered.
Another critical thing to keep in mind is securing the contents. There’s a good chance that the set-piece isn’t a regular shape, like a rectangle or square. It’ll be awkward and odd. Moving along the roads is probably going to happen. There’s a chance of damage if that’s the case.
In this case, packing tips come in handy. Put the prop in a box filled with packing pellets or other things that can absorb the shock of an impact. Chances are you won’t need this, but you never know.
Plus, there’s always the slim chance you can make use of the box itself. You’d be surprised how often the humble cardboard box might see use in a theatre.
What do theatres do once they have the set already?
The standard procedure is to keep them in storage, if possible. You never know when the production might see a revival. Keeping the more durable stuff can spare you the trouble of making new ones.
Sometimes, though, they end up scrapped. Damage, wear, or just lack of durability can make scrapping a set more practical.