Time and the Conways

Some of the Time and the Conways set nearing completion at the Lyceum workshop. As usual the lighting at the theatre will play a big part in the full set on stage.

A Taste of Honey


The LX (lighting) crew of the Lyceum Theatre focusing their lights. The ladder or Tallescope used is pretty handy extending to over 10 metres. Previously the ladder could be moved with someone in the box at the top but health and safety now dictates that the operator must come down if moving, which happens a lot when you are focusing 50 + lights. Euan on the ladder is about as fast as it gets safely.

Cinderella and the workshop

cinderella workshop


some pieces of the jigsaw from the set build of Cinderella at the Lyceum. A sneaky preview, designed to entice rather than spoil the surprise. The Christmas showing of Cinderella at the Royal Lyceum Theatre opens on the 1st of December. I take my son and some of his friends every year to the christmas show for his birthday and they get to go back stage. They are 9 years old now and still finding it magical.

I hope to get back to painting Joe Hart as soon as possible.

Joe Hart 2

second day on Joe Hart. Just trying to get canvas covered keeping a bit of movement and allowing paint to do some interesting things. Happy accidents so to speak. Not getting as much time to spend on it as i’d like but hopefully i will get some momentum soon. Working on the Christmas show for the theatre also so trying to juggle both. This years show is Cinderella, though it is a revised modern version. I will post some work in progress images of this soon.

Joe Hart 1

As promised I will show some works in progress. Just recently started this painting on canvas of Mr Hart of Manchester City Football Club  and England fame. I will post more as it develops. Picture here shows some quick underpainting and basic drawing. I will check the size and post with the next pic

Guid Sisters on stage

I have been building the set for The Guid Sisters for several weeks now and this week we put it up on our stage. This is always a bit of a challenge. Making it fit together and move properly usually requires a little persuasion or on the spot engineering and this show has more than usual movement. As well as the use of our amazing fly floor and its 50+ flying bars there are 3 hefty motors taking some of the physical strain of the show. My picture shows some of the flying pieces up in the air waiting to make their appearance. First performance is due for next Tuesday the 18th though the actors get their first shot on the set this Saturday. I will be there looking for that next show image for the website.

Stockbridge Market

I wandered into this market by surprise a year ago and bought some banana chutney. Having been a few times since, I really like it and thought it would be good to stand on the other side of the stall. It was good, from the hand cranked record player on the chocolate stall to the paella serving Spaniards and the positive response to my stall. Good atmosphere with lovely coffee, best hot chocolate I think I have tasted, wine, and plenty of food to eat there and take home. Pretty sure I will do it again soon. Its on every Sunday 10-5. At the bridge in Stockbridge, Edinburgh

999 bottles! and Stockbridge Market

paint toolsPicture shows some of the tools ( and the beautiful French enamel paint ) required to paint a huge amount of bottles for one of our upcoming Royal Lyceum Theatre shows. These tools and a bit of patience! Also would like to post some info about a market I am doing tomorrow, Sunday 2nd September at Stockbridge, Edinburgh. Thought it would be a bit of fun. Like many, I love a market so will be interesting to see what it will be like on the other side of the stall. Wanted to do a bit of promotion for the website too.



A set build in progress and introducing a couple of our small team, Scott and Tom.