Plastic Creations for the Theatre World

Why use plastic as, (or to create) a theater prop?:

  • durability through multiple shows and possible damage- will not break into pieces and can withstand water damage
  • You can find plastic almost anywhere- recycled bottles, bags, or objects and these will all be recyclable after use
    • example- soda bottles can be cut and painted into a vase, or a cup
  • very inexpensive and very easy to find
  • easy to paint or hot glue around-easy to decorate
  • Light weight and convenient to handle as an actor as well as a tech crew member to pull on and off stage.
  • You can really get creative in shaping, cutting, and painting all sorts of plastics not just bottles but: plastic bins, plastic silverware, plastic perfume bottles, plastic chairs…

Why NOT use plastic as (or to create) a stage prop?

  • may look artificial or not as authentic as other natural materials such as wood or glass. Plastic can easily come off as looking cheap
  • Some plastics known as “plastic toxins” contain damaging chemicals that when heated (maybe from stage lamps) or over used can cause serious health issues.

BE SURE TO watch this cool video on how plastic can be incorporated in special effects off and on stage!

 

Sources:
cover photo: http://www.susanfreinkel.com/books_Plastic.html
video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv1EQ_BAO7U
COPYRIGHT: CARLY RISTUCCIA
THIS WORK IS LICENSED UNDER ACREATIVE COMMONS ATTRIBUTION 4.0 INTERNATIONAL LICENSE.

 

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