WTM x Met College: creating props for Panto

WTM x Met College: creating props for Panto

WTM have worked extensively with students at the Met College, who have made a number of props ready for this year’s Jack and the Beanstalk: The Pantomime. 

We spoke to WTM’s Matt Pike, Head of Technical, Production and Buildings, who gave us an insight into the project.

Tell us about the project with the Met College students

In early January, I set the Met College students to make a number of props and set items for the Winter Panto, Jack and the Beanstalk.

The items were:

  • The Beanstalk
  • Golden Goose puppet
  • Golden eggs
  • Harp
  • Treasure mounds
  • Giant plates, cups and cutlery
  • The axe to chop the beanstalk
  • Magic bean that lights up

This all went through a design stage with a few follow-up meetings to decide on the look and finishes. The most important thing is that everything has to be able to withstand 56 shows, and so that it can be used in the future.

What did the process of the collaboration look like?

I had a few client meetings with the, and they kept me up to date with the progress of the project via zoom calls and email, including images of the designs and progress during the making progress to make sure it was what was required.

How did you find working with the Met College students?

Working with the MET students was great, very professional and as you would expect a props maker and team to work to the specification given to them by the client.

They have done a great job and I look forward to setting the project for next year’s panto.

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