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Taking to the stage.

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*NB: Originally posted on the old website on 2nd June 2016*

Towards the end of last year, I helped out painting scenery for the Christmas play at my daughters' school which resulted in quite a lot of hours and me vowing not to take on any large scale work for a long time!

Fast forward just a few months and I yet again found myself tackling a huge mural (which you can read about here), again for the school my 2 daughters attend and once again I vowed not to tackle anything too large for the foreseeable future.

So, obviously I have spent the last few weeks working on my biggest project to date!

I was commissioned by a local theatre group to paint the scenery for their upcoming production of 'A Budget Cinderella' - on boards that are approximately 10 feet tall, and with a combined length of 80 feet!

I had to paint it in situ on stage in the local church hall - and all while the usual programme of events carried on. So, I spent a large part of the time working behind closed curtains to the sound of coffee mornings, craft clubs and bring and buy sales!

It has been a back-breaking project to tackle - but I have thoroughly enjoyed it and have loved being welcomed by the lovely church hall community who got used to the strange lady behind the curtain and who would come and check on my progress and bring me welcome cups of tea.

It is a double sided set - with one side showing Cinderella's worn out house, the other side a contrasting warm and luxurious palace ballroom. Because of this, I warn you, there are quite a few pictures to follow! These are just pics grabbed on my phone as I work, and although they are not the greatest quality, I hope they give you a little insight into this project and how the scenery came to life.

You can also catch a glimpse of the old scenery that was there before that I had to paint over - a hint as to what will happen to mine once the show is over..!

And obviously, it will be a very long time before I tackle a project of this size again. Obviously...

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