5 June 2010 - Property Workshop - Morte d'Arthur
Sharon Foley (Property Supervisor) casts ears from liquid latex to be added to a severed head she's making for the scene when Margawse is decapitated.
Early in rehearsals, Christine Entwisle, the actor playng Margawse, had the unpleasant experience of having her head cast in plaster so the Props team can make a realistic head.
Rachel Seal in our Wigs team is making the wig which will be fitted to the finished head. Rachel will also supply Sharon with photos and colour samples of the actor's make-up so that Sharon can paint the head to match.
Sharon pours liquid latex into plaster casts of the ears supported in clay. The porous plaster draws liquid from the latex to form a 'skin', like the skin on custard! After an hour or so, Sharon will pour out the excess latex and peel away the latex 'ears'.
A more modern technique for creating skins like this is to use silicone but that method is currently more than ten times more expensive.
Photo by Suzanne Worthington © RSC