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    These Photos Show How Fucking Hard It Is To Put On A Theatre Show

    Three hundred square meters of plywood and a ton of hard work.

    Tom Stoppard's highly-acclaimed play Arcadia is taking over the Sydney Opera House this February.

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    In the lead up to opening night, set builder Boaz Shemesh took his iPhone behind the scenes to reveal how he made the stage look like a British country estate from 1809, as well as when the time jumps to the 1990s.

    His team took a good five weeks to build the entire set envisioned by Michael Scott-Mitchell, one of Australia's leading set designers.

    “Every set we build offers its own complexities. For Arcadia the whole set sat on a ramped stage. This meant that the doors on each side wall would want to slam shut!” Shemesh told BuzzFeed.

    As the deputy head of set construction for the Sydney Theatre Company, it's Shemesh's job to realise the vision of the production's set designer.

    Including getting the colours and textures perfectly.

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    "A lot of hours went into the painting of this huge, curved sky mural which serves as Arcadia's backdrop," Shemesh said.

    "Close to 160 litres of paint and texture were used for this production."

    Layers and layers of coating went into the pieces to give them the "sandstone finish".

    On the left is the designer's model which Shemesh's team used as their go-to reference, and on the right is the finished product lit by stage lights.

    In the end, a total of 300 square meters of plywood were used to set the stage for the Sydney production.

    "My favourite aspect of a build would be seeing the whole set come together on stage. A lot of work goes into getting it to that point so it can be a satisfying experience."

    And his favourite spot to watch the play? From the sidelines.

    "My favourite angle to view the Arcadia set is looking across the stage through the side doors. It's a view the public wouldn't get to experience," Shemesh said.

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