My brother and I stand back and look happily on the now half finished monkey cage. There’s a good week before the cage has to be completed. My brother stands back in his working clothes, dusty from the dust generated from sanding down the timbers of the cage. He took many days to meticulously paint, made harder by the cold winter winds as he has to work outdoors.
He is very committed to the project, it’s taken him several months to achieve a life like cage, the play it is for wants and demands a sense of reality about the props he constructs. The director will travel up tomorrow to inspect his work. We both know he will be impressed as he has used my brother in many of his earlier productions.
Knowing the cage has to be strong enough to hold a child, care has been taken to realise such a factor in the construction. The cage when finished will travel to its theatre, protected from the weather, which this time of year is often unkind to anything exposed to it.
The children involved in the production, Roald Dahl’s ‘The Twits’, will be excited when they see the precision that has gone into the construction of their prop.
production in May
autumn oranges painted
all for a good show