Blocking out and Distressing
As I mapped out the canvas in my characteristic
nervous, wobbly lines, Ken, a painter
and decorator and Daniel, a plumber,
mixed colours and blocked in the buildings. Ken
is no stranger to this kind of work as he's been
to Italy as a part of a team creating themed pubs
and restaurants. They do marbling and wood graining
but Ken's speciality is distressing. The trick is
to make the pubs - the Italians seem to like Irish
pubs for some reason - look mellow and friendly
without making them look grubby.
We haven't got time to distress Instanbul.
It has a simple cartoon background look; this is
a pantomime after all and it starts with a brisk,
humourous (we hope) big musical opening to introduce
the characters and set the scene for the story.
Ken as the White Rabbit in Alice two