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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: April 14, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    How to build a theatre set in a few hours and free theatre tickets

    Laurence Mackin

    The Passing and The East Pier are coming to the end of their combined repertory run this weekend at the Abbey Theatre. Putting both these plays on in tandem has meant a remarkable bit of theatrical sleight of hand, with the stage crew breaking down the set for one play and rebuilding it for the next inbetween performances. And if you’ve been wondering how it’s done, you can see for yourself in this video, as the Abbey filmed the set turnaround using a time-lapse tilt-shift technique (at least I think that is what it’s called). Brilliant.

    The theatre has also been upping the ante on several days by having both shows on the same day, meaning the crew had to pull off the trick with just a few hours to play with.
    To bid these productions adieu, we have two pairs of tickets for Saturday’s show of The East Pier at 2pm and two pairs of tickets for The Passing, which is at 7.30pm, to give away. Simply tell us who wrote both plays, either in the comments section below or email lmackin@irishtimes.com. State a preference for which show and we will try and accommodate you.

    And to read a bit more about repertory theatre and the productions, click here. Thanks to the Abbey for the tickets and the video heads up.

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