During the production the props team support the actors on performance nights handing them any items that they take on stage.
However, preparation begins months before and is enormous fun. The director provides a list of props; anything from food to fire. Yes- Fire! (Flaming torches are a speciality which are made using sticks, chicken wire and flame proof material which end up looking like giant cotton buds before they are lit). Armed with this list the team ‘begs, borrows, steals and even makes’.
Some props are made on Brownsea Island on set build Sundays and other props at workshops on the mainland. All-comers are welcome whatever their skills including ironing or making tea!
An example of the versatility of the props department was when an orb was requested. Even e-bay could not source an orb so a bit of lateral thinking was required in true Blue Peter style. We utilised an old ball cock, some wood to whittle and some gold paint and result - a passable piece of kit!
So what is the commitment? The answer is as much or as little as you can manage as long as you come along a few times and bring a smile, a sense of humour, a few practical skills and enjoyment in being a team player. Come along. Give it a whirl.
Auditions and Open Evenings are held every year in January, however you can join us at any time during the year using our crew sign up form.
Amazing dedicated and inspiring team to work with