Ladies and Gentlemen… the grand opening of our little doorway theatre

30 May

Doorway theatreFor the doorway between the kitchen and our orange playroom we now have a theatre. Made it the other day to surprise the kids (and Pink Mister) when they came back from a little friend’s party.
All the fixtures and fittings are fixed with velcro so the theatre can become a shop or cafe or… you get where this is going. These pieces velcro on and off: curtains, stage backdrop, pockets behind the stage for the performers to stash props (or for the shopkeeper to keep the money and paper bags), sign above the stage/shop.
All that remains to add is the sign above the window and perhaps a clear pocket below the stage for the kids to slide in ‘programmes’, ‘menus’, etc of their own devising.
I’m also working on curtains that can be raised by the ‘performers’ by pulling a ribbon backstage – thinking of a variation on swedish blinds mechanism – keep you posted.

Materials:
Thank you Mr Ikea for the fabric. I used just over 2m of Ikea fabric plus some fabric lying around for the red curtains and for the navy stage backdrop, 4 bamboo canes from the garden for the top edge, bottom edge and above and below the window to make the structure. I sewed strips of fabric across the back to make channels for the canes. I’m planning on buying some wooden dowels shortly to replace the bamboo. You also need 2 hooks to hang the theatre up. Lastly you need velcro strips.  I used the cut out rectangle where the stage window is to make the fabric ties which hold up the theatre. Another tip – if you’re having a stage backdrop then cut a piece of fabric much longer and wider than the stage then put a pleat in either side so that the fabric hangs over the performers without allowing a view through to the backstage area.

Measurements.
These are the measurements I used. Not sure how standard my doorways are. You’ll need to go slightly wider than your doorway so that no one can see backstage!
Height = 2m (plus allowances at top and bottom for a seam large enough to slide in a bamboo cane or wooden dowel
Width = 96cm (plus seam allowances)
Stage/window = 55cm wide x 74cm high (on our theatre the bottom edge of the stage is 74cm from the floor – just check it’s the right height for your tots)

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