January 7, 2013

Behind the Scenes: Using the Lathe on “Knight of the Burning Pestle”

The cast and crew are still hard at work on Theatre @ York's next show The Knight of the Burning Pestle by Francis Beaumont and adapted by director, Timothy Askew. One of our second year production students, Tinee Campbell, has been working on a particularly interesting project in the carpentry shop. Commissioned as a part of her position as Assistant Head of Props to build table legs for a set piece, Tinee has been learning the very specific skill of using a lathe. A lathe is a machine tool which rotates a piece of wood on its axis so that designs, such as table legs, can be created.  Using the lathe is a rare opportunity as the York shops haven't used it in a long time due to discussions of workplace safety. However, Tinee was able to get her hands on the machine and create a personally fulfilling piece that she is excited to see as a part of the final set for the show. Take a look at the pictures of her work below, and more importantly, come see in detail for yourself at one of the performances!

The Knight of the Burning Pestle runs January 20-26 in the Joesph G. Green Studio Theatre at the Centre for Film and Theatre