The Opera Post, Act 2


In my last post I mentioned that I had many tasks for the New Bradford Playhouse’s in-house production of Maskerade. Last time we talked posters. Today, we focus on the programme.

A 12-page booklet, the whole thing was designed to be printed in black and white on ordinary office paper. The audience got such a version, while I gifted some cast and crew members this borderless, colour cover variant. It contains the usual suspects: a synopsis, cast list, crew list, rights, a word from the director, a bit about the theatre and what’s being performed there next. A nicety is that being an internal production on a shoestring budget, there’s no advertisements. The cast pages ended up being the centre spread, which was ideal.


Most of the photographs were traced by hand to create an etched look, while symbols from the upcoming shows were drawn too, rather than sticking tiny poster photos in. I found the stock images used to make the show poster and recreated it for the programme cover, with a couple of tweaks and fixes.


Duck, plant, rose, bowl, cucumber.

The programme’s actually a Tête-bêche (reversible) booklet: Turn it upside-down and you’re greeted with 3 pages of a sample cookery book. The Joye of Snacks is a book within the play which contains many rude recipes and anecdotes; the recipes in the programme are mentioned in the play’s script. I got the recipes from Nanny Ogg’s Cookbook, a book based on the book in the play based on the book (still following me?).

The Joye of Snacks is a parody of The Joy of Sex [NSFW] – While I used an accurate title font, for the consideration of innocents the cover image was not re-created so faithfully (I assure you that the model in the photograph traced was wearing clothes).

Side A and Side B, side by side. Side.

Side A and Side B, side by side. Side.

The decorations in this second half differ to those in the first.

I had a crash course in Adobe Distiller and duplex printing. Pages would print in the wrong order/orientation at home, but fine at the local print shop. It was a close one – final amendments were made on the day of the first show!

Of course, you’d like to see… check the gallery below for the full pages laid out in reading order!

The Opera Post, Act 1

New Bradford Playhouse stage, mid-set-construction

This month The New Bradford Playhouse put on an in-house production of Maskerade, adapted from the Terry Pratchett book of the same name (think Phantom Of The Opera with humour and witches). I haven’t been on that stage in a long time, and love the works of Pratchett, so I signed up.

My main role was one of the stagehands who are actually part of the play, so as well as spouting lines i’d shift furniture, in sight and out of sight of the audience. I had two other bit-parts in one scene each, with quick costume changes. Along with learning script, stage directions and set mechanics, I also made the show’s programme, some posters, two Papier-mâché masks for the cast, and one mask for myself. In 4 weeks. Oh, and I started a new full-time job at the same time. Continue reading

Northern Monkey

My brother is a web developer who lives down south. He’s doing so well that he’s starting up a Limited company to be his own boss: Daft Apeth Industries, a name he’s been using for years. Naturally knowing what I do, he called up and said I could help with his branding.

Starting out, I drew both humoured chimps in flat caps and self-closing HTML tags with hammers. Here are the neater ones:


Bit of a Soviet thing going on with the hammers and red.

Brother liked the font on the latter, and the ape on the former. The feedback was “make him less goofy and more angular”, in black and white or one-colour (clearer and saves on print costs)…
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