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Is This A Dagger - RSC exhibition at RST in Stratford on Avon

Stratford Editorial 14th May, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE PROP store at the RSC has been raided for a new interactive exhibition in Stratford.

Stand + Stare Collective are giving visitors the chance to explore the secrets behind 12 props in Is This A Dagger?, showing at the RST until September 21.

Using interviews and videos, objects – ranging from a dagger from Macbeth to an alarm clock from The Taming of The Shrew – tell the stories of how the props team work

Alan Fell, Head of Properties workshop, said: “Our team make, source. or find props for all RSC productions, all of which begin their life in Stratford-upon-Avon. We use a huge range of skills from carving and sculpting to basket weaving and upholstery and the work is extremely detailed. Accuracy according to period is essential so we spend a lot of time consulting reference books, researching online and at museums.

“A prop is anything that appears on stage which is not scenery, a costume or a hat and we’re often asked to make the strangest things. We’re looking forward to sharing some of these stories through the exhibition.”

The free exhibition is in the PACCAR Room.

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