Construction and Engineering students and staff at York College have enjoyed working behind the scenes in the lead up to the York Theatre Royal, National Railway Museum and Pilot Theatre’s large scale community production of ‘In Fog and Falling Snow’. The fascinating production about Railway King George Hudson will be performed amongst the collections at the National Railway Museum in York before moving into the newly built Signal Box Theatre at the museum for the second half.
Second year Painting and Decorating students have made 90 specially designed boxes which, when pieced together, will form the locomotive for the performance. The locomotive is made up of 10 wooden boxes made by the College’s joinery department and 80 flat-packed cardboard boxes which students have assembled, primed, wall papered and textured.
In the College’s fabrication workshops Engineering apprentices from Nestle and Unipart have worked together to weld the base for the locomotive, which plays an important part in one of the biggest scenes of the production. Working to drawings, the apprentices have used their welding and cutting skills to assemble a metal platform for the locomotive.
Kevin Clancy, Head of Division for Construction at York College says: “This live project is typical of the type of opportunities we like to give our students as they will eventually work in industry, working to specific briefs and tight deadlines. We are always keen to help with local community and charity projects, providing students with first-hand working experiences.”
In addition, Performing Arts students are treading the boards as part of a cast of more than 200 local people. Acting student Kane Hutchinson takes one of the leading roles. Kane hopes to progress to drama school or university and knows this production will look impressive on his CV. He says: “Considering some of the scenes can feature up to 100 different characters, the show is quite a spectacle.”
Photography credit: John Saunders
In Fog and Falling Snow runs from 26th June to 11th July at the National Railway Museum in York. Follow this link to watch the production video: