Dewi's Stage
Props & Furniture

Furniture: Trick Chest

 
  The chest, or trunk, was built for the play One For The Pot. An actor had to hide in the chest, then enter from the other side of the stage as another character. The chest was originally built by Earl McLaughlin, and then modified by me.
 
 

 
 
The actor is in the process of getting out of the chest, which is situated against one wall of the set. He has just entered the chest from backstage through its back wall, which actually consists of a piece of black cloth which can be seen behind the actor. This prevents backstage light being seen through the chest.
The centre part of the chest appears to be clear of the ground: the scalloped edges do not come down to the floor. But this is misdirection: behind the scalloped edge, hidden in shade, is the real front wall of the chest, painted black.
 
 

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