Scenic Construction for the Stage is a comprehensive guide to the practical processes involved in constructing scenery for the theatre. Offering key insight into the role of the scenic carpenter, Mark Tweed details the progression from interpreting design, model boxes and drawings, to material selection, fabrication and finishing. Additional topics include advice for developing accuracy, finish and consistency; tool selection and sharpening; CDM, Health and Safety; practical workshop mathematics and geometry, and how to fit ironmongery. With an in-depth but accessible approach, this practical book offers advice on how to start out and improve as a scenic carpenter, building a solid repertoire of reliable techniques and working practices to achieve professional results. Includes a foreword by Sir Kenneth Branagh.
Mark Tweed is currently the Head of Construction at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) where he teaches scenic carpentry, project management and CAD, as well as supervising construction for public productions. He recently managed the build for RADA's fundraising production of Hamlet, directed by Kenneth Branagh, and continues to work as a freelance project manager and carpenter. Mark began his career in scenic construction working for the Royal Opera House as a production carpenter, including work on Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) and Faust.