Dial M for Murder – Good Ol’ Fashioned Elbow Grease (and Brass Polish)

They say there are 3 things everyone wants when buying something:

  1. Good
  2. Fast
  3. Cheap

Unfortunately, you can only ever have 2 of the 3. In theatre, I’m of the belief that the best 2 to have are good and cheap, which means we often have to spend a lot of time, and a lot of elbow grease making things look shiny and new.

This week I’ve busted out the Brasso metal polish to clean up a few props we’ve found around town; a $12 fire screen from Value Village and a $5 clock our SM Jayden found along Queen West.

Before

Before

What started out as a dusty, dirty, tarnished little clock…

After

After

Looks shiny and new with a little bit of that $5 polish!

And while the fire screen takes a bit more time…

Before

Before

it too can can brand new with a little work.

After

After

Look at that shine!

So my advice to all of you who want to make great theatre on the cheap – start early, and take all the help you can get. We started collecting props and set pieces months ago, and while we have a lovely Props Master, Jackie McClelland to oversee the whole process and do the brunt of the work, the whole cast and crew keeps their eyes peeled for deals, so we can make the most of our time and money.

Stay tuned for more before and after shots of our props, costumes and set!

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