Props, graphic design and sound for your production

 

I offer custom-made props and basic set design for small to medium-sized stage productions. My designs are simple and quick to produce and will stand up to the rigours of show business! I like to make use of reclaimed items as much as possible and, as an actor myself, ensure they are safe and comfortable to use.

On-stage items

l  props

l  simple set pieces 

l  costume props

l  graphics for projection

Graphic design

l  flyers and leaflets

l  programmes

l  brochures

l  posters and banners

l  illustration

l  images for screen and social media

Video and sound

l  promo video for electronic press kits (EPK)

l  bespoke production music & SFX (link here)

Costings are quoted on an individual basis, but as a guide I've included one example with its price - to give you an idea (the Jack and the Beanstalk beanstalk top). Please get in touch to discuss your project - I look forward to working with you!

Have a scroll through some of the recent projects I've had the pleasure to work on. Click on the images to view them larger...

The Travesty of Richard III

A comic romp through Shakespeare's tale of plotting, prophecy and power... Penned by Helen Manners and me, this production required bold design and simple but tough props and staging so it could be packed up in a van and  put on the road.

The Travesty of Richard III Ian Renshaw actor prop maker designer illustrator musician
The Travesty of Richard III Ian Renshaw actor prop maker designer illustrator musician
A horse a horse my kingdom for a horse The Travesty of Richard III Comedy Shakespeare Ian Renshaw actor prop maker designer illustrator musician

"A horse! A horse! My kingdom..." Well, you know the rest...

Hobby horses Alfredo and Joey starred in the final battle scene. They're made from stuffed hessian, wool, faux leather and wood, with button details.

 Teddy and Dicky - the ill-fated Princes in the Tower. Played by giant spoons...

Lancaster Rose The Travesty of Richard III Comedy Shakespeare Ian Renshaw actor prop maker designer illustrator musician
York Rose The Travesty of Richard III Comedy Shakespeare Ian Renshaw actor prop maker designer illustrator musician
Tudor Rose The Travesty of Richard III Comedy Shakespeare Ian Renshaw actor prop maker designer illustrator musician

The roses of Lancaster and York - which then combined to form the Tudor Rose. 

MDF with designed and printed faces protected by PVA.

A miniature "firing" cannon made from

MDF and a section of drain pipe.

Prop dog The Travesty of Richard III Comedy Shakespeare Ian Renshaw actor prop maker designer illustrator musician

Rufus the Court dog. Hessian and reclaimed

cloth over an MDF body. The neck 'breaks' 

with a satisfying sound thanks to an internal

football ratchet.

MDF and string swords.

The heads of Rivers and Grey. Painted card and dowel rods.

Queen Margaret D'Anjou George, Duke of Clarence House of York The Travesty of Richard III Comedy Shakespeare Ian Renshaw actor prop maker designer illustrator musician

Queen Margaret and the Duke of Clarence stand in the Royal Court of the House of York. Painted MDF flats over folding frames with fabric detail (and reveal). The throne rolls on wheels and also features a Tower of London reveal. It easily breaks down into its component parts for easy get in/ get out.

Jack and the Beanstalk: Godalming's Professional Panto

 

This was a larger production and I was asked to provide a very simple and safe 'tip of the beanstalk' with clouds. I gave the client three options, which I've shown here. They chose the second one based on its cost-effectiveness combined with an element of  a 3D effect. This was invoiced at £275 (price guide typical at December 2019)

Theatre design poster flyer pantomime props logo branding Ian Renshaw actor prop maker designer illustrator musician

I artworked the piece in Adobe Illustrator then had it printed large format. The image was glued to MDF and designed to be assembled quickly then stored flat.

It stood 4 feet high.

Theatre design poster flyer pantomime props logo branding Ian Renshaw actor prop maker designer illustrator musician

Guildford Fringe Theatre Company: The Adult Panto

Since 2015 to the present, I've had the pleasure of working with the successful Guildford Fringe Theatre company - both as an actor and a designer. Here is a selection of just some of the work I've created for them over these recent years.

Sinders The Adult Panto Guldford Theatre design poster flyer logo branding Ian Renshaw actor prop maker designer illustrator musician
Peter Pan and the Loose Boys Guldford Ian Renshaw actor prop maker designer illustrator musician

Poster/flyer designs

Theresa May Theatre design poster flyer pantomime props logo branding Ian Renshaw actor prop maker designer illustrator musician

Papier Maché ship's figure head of Theresa May

Theatre design poster flyer pantomime props logo branding Ian Renshaw actor prop maker designer illustrator musician

Fabric puppet replicas of members of the cast

Designs for three sea craft: These were artworked in Adobe Illustrator, printed large format and adhered to MDF

Cinderella pumpkin carriage Theatre design poster flyer pantomime props logo branding Ian Renshaw actor prop maker designer illustrator musician

Transforming pumpkin/carriage with comedy single wheel! MDF and wood.

Woodland plants - lightweight MDF with handles used in a dance routine.

Giant story book. Based on an old ring binder with wood and aged paper.

Sinders mushroom Theatre design poster flyer pantomime props logo branding Ian Renshaw actor prop maker designer illustrator musician.JPG
plants Theatre design poster flyer pantomime props logo branding Ian Renshaw actor prop maker designer illustrator musician.JPG
once upon a time book Theatre design poster flyer pantomime props logo branding Ian Renshaw actor prop maker designer illustrator musician

Graphic design and branding for productions and events

Guildford Fringe Festival 2019 Theatre design poster flyer logo branding Ian Renshaw actor prop maker designer illustrator musician
Dorking Day of Dance Boxhill Bedlam Morris Dancing Theatre design poster flyer logo branding Ian Renshaw actor prop maker designer illustrator musician
GFTC Theatrical Marketing logo Guildford Fringe Festival 2019 Theatre design poster flyer logo branding Ian Renshaw actor prop maker designer illustrator musician

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