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An exhibit of properties from the Stratford Festival Archives and Prop Department

Ever wonder, when watching a production in the theatre, what that beautiful goblet or chest of jewels is up close? The Imperial Crown from the 1993 production of King John  designed by Ann Curtis and directed by Robin Phillips  looks  so real but we all know it is a fake.

The artists and crafts people at the Stratford Festival create some of the most incredible fakes for the stage. The use of materials to simulate the original is fascinating to see and the craftsmanship is truly outstanding. Why such lavish perfection on a simple prop for the stage? An actor in performing their role will draw his or her energy from the floor they walk upon and the props that they come in contact with. The prop must be real enough to give the actor the motivation necessary for a convincing and truthful performance of the role. 

Also the prop must be created to withstand the physical wear and tear of repeated performances and look fresh and new for every show.    

Fabulous Fakes is an exhibition of selected props and drawings from the sketch books of famous designers such as Tanya Moiseiwitsch, Desmond Heeley, Ann Curtis, and Brian Jackson. Some of the properties you may have enjoyed in productions at the Stratford Festival. Many of these items, from the archives, have never been seen by the public since the last performance of the production.

Fabulous Fakes opens Friday, June 7th with a reception at 7 pm that is open to everyone. The exhibit runs until July 20th, 2019.

St. Marys Station Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 am to 4:30 pm. A Friend of the Gallery often attends the gallery to help you enjoy your visit and to explain more about the artists and their works.

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