One of the great privileges of working in the theatre is being backstage. I’ve taken friends and family backstage after shows, people who have never seen what’s behind the flats, and there’s usually a look of disillusionment in their eyes. The world that the designer has created no longer exists on the other side.
Most sets are built out of stock risers and flats – standard-sized pieces that fit together in configurations to suit the designer’s vision.
The age of the set pieces shows in the paint, the screwholes, the grafitti. I took a few photos of our backstage to give you an idea of what I’m talking about.
I always wonder when I’m backstage – are there ghosts of past shows watching us? Do we owe them anything?