A Super-Trouper Set from the TSA Workshop for University of Adelaide’s Production of ‘Mamma Mia!’

Theatre Safe Australia (TSA) created a magnificent set for the University of Adelaide’s production, Mamma Mia! It was the major production for the graduating 2021 music theatre students, performed in the University’s own Scott Theatre.

Head of Music Theatre at the University, George Torbay, was pleased to have the TSA Workshop on board to help create this jewel of a performance. With other productions through-out the year, George wanted this one to showcase the graduating students and provide them with a stage brimming with scenery to recreate the theatrical experience of the romantic comedy.

George states, “The TSA Workshop undoubtedly helped create a complete theatre experience for the 2021 graduate students. The buildings, painted platforms and flooring bought the musical to life, allowing the students to immerse themselves in professional theatre surroundings.”

After building the set of Cabaret for the University, the TSA Workshop was looking forward to this project, whist keeping in mind future productions. By designing the set to be adaptable whist maintaining the design specifics unique to the production, allows them to re-work the scenery. They supplied a painted floor, a curved, stepped rostra, a low wall curving around the stage following a winding rostra and masking flats both stage left and stage right. The team at the workshop installed the scenery for the production and disassembled following completion of the series of shows. With the structure purpose built for the Scott Theatre, it is now can be adapted and refreshed by the workshop for the University’s future productions.

Our impressive 3500m² Workshop boasting state-of-the-art manufacturing with a dedicated 1,400m² area for staging and assembly,  allows for full setup including rigging and automation with our abilities to fly scenery, it is an unmatched work area to bring any design to life. With in-house scenic artists, on-site back up and space to build these size sets the TSA Workshop are a one stop shop. All carpentry, engineering, sculpting, scenic art and set electrics are under the one roof.  Accessible for transport and loading, and just 10 minutes from the centre of Adelaide, the TSA Workshop is worth a visit.

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Beautiful Scenic Build for Loreto College

The TSA Workshop supplied Loreto College in Maryatville, South Australia, a striking, sensory piece of art for the Junior School Micklegate Library. The workshop designed and custom-built an incredible tree, utilising their carpentry skills, scenic painting and set-electrics, to deliver an inspiring result.

The tree was meticulously designed, and consideration of purpose and usability well thought out. Constructed from wood, the piece was assembled in the workshop and, after the scenic painting, came alive with an incredible wood-like texture to give the tree an authentic look and feel.

Fairy lights were added to help create a sensory environment, with the power on the base of the tree, it ran up the middle to connect to the lights. Within its environment at the college the tree sits on a green carpeted area and incorporates seating areas and shelves, making it the feature of the learning space.

“This is a great piece to demonstrate the flexibility of what The TSA Workshop can do, it’s a one-off piece that will be a part of the school for years to come.” Duncan Barton, TSA.



TSA’s Workshop Capabilities for Local Productions

With the Scenery Workshop in Adelaide now a part of Theatre Safe Australia (TSA), the services and capabilities are growing into a much larger solution for productions by branching into various markets. The beautiful scenery produced by the TSA Workshop for large-scale productions is not all they have the capability to do. The fine art of scenic building, painting, construction, and electrics isn’t just limited to the major touring productions. Similar set design can be created for smaller, local markets where the quality of set creation can be replicated within an affordable budget.

In a recent project the workshop team created a visually stunning set which they hired to Pelican Productions for their stage show Chicago – High School Edition. Pelican Productions is a vital part of the performing arts community in South Australia and has a dedicated team of professional vocal tutors and choreographers who foster young up and coming talent in musical theatre. The set is also being adapted for their latest production, School of Rock, which is financially beneficial to the client to spread the hire cost across different shows.

Kylie Green, Director of Pelican Productions, commented on the impact of the scenery on the stage. “The visual effects of the scenic elements on stage helped to bring our production to life. Our budding young performers were fully immersed in the magic of theatre, along with the very vibrant and enthusiastic audience.”

Now part of TSA, Duncan Barton, Workshop Production Development Officer, explains how it’s opened new channels to reach local schools and community theatre. “Our passion for creating magnificent scenery does not stop in the workshop, we want to assist in creating pathways for young people and aim to inspire the future of performing arts in Australia. Our skilled team work closely with schools, colleges, and universities to build and maintain stage sets that bring local productions to life.

Under one roof the TSA Workshop offers carpentry, engineering, sculpture and props, scenic painting, set electrics, rigging and automation, theatre maintenance, drapes, scenery hire, workshop tours and educator’s professional learning events. For the schools and local community theatre, the TSA Workshop can now offer set building and hire, rigging and automation and maintenance programmes.

For more information download our brochure: Theatre Safe Australia: Scenery Construction and Hire

Scenery Workshop

Theatre Safe Australia (TSA) Continues Scenery Workshop Legacy at Adelaide Festival Centre

21 July 2021

Theatre Safe Australia (TSA) is excited to announce the addition of an advanced scenery workshop to our operation from 1 August 2021. Formerly operating under the ownership of the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust, the workshop in South Australia has been the country’s leading commercial set builder, handling 65% of all theatrical scenery work in Australia. Striving always to build out complementary arms of our business, TSA is headquartered in the Gold Coast and is one of Australia’s major suppliers of entertainment and theatre technology.

From August 1, Theatre Safe Australia will commence to operate a scenery workshop in the former Adelaide Festival Centre premises at Regency Park, South Australia.

Theatre Safe Australia will continue the legacy of Adelaide Festival Centre’s Scenery Workshop, employing many former Adelaide Festival Centre staff, the workshop will continue to provide high-quality scenic builds to clients, adding the support of a dynamic young company focused on continued innovation in the industry. This new chapter for Theatre Safe Australia creates an operational team whose commitment to providing top tier service and high-quality solutions is matched with decades of experience and now, the ability to take a production fully from concept to reality by acquiring the facilities previously owned and operated by Adelaide Festival Centre Scenery Workshop.

The new TSA Scenery Workshop will complement the venue services, production support and product solutions that Theatre Safe Australia already provides within the Australian and worldwide market.

Director of Theatre Safe Australia, Stuart Johnston: “We are very excited to be bringing such a talented and experienced workshop on board and look forward to what the future will bring. TSA will continue to provide the high-quality services clients expect from both companies and use this expansion to continue to innovate with the technology available in the manufacturing and set construction space.”

Theatre Safe Australia (TSA) is an Australian based company that exists to create solutions for the entertainment industry. TSA is motivated by supplying, creating and designing theatrical automation and engineering solutions for our clients and providing service that exceeds expectation. We craft solutions to fit every aspect of the diverse industry in which we operate, from large scale productions and corporate events, to local and regional based companies, theatres and schools. TSA’s goal is to create a tangible difference to the quality and safety of production and events being created and delivered in Australia.

Since 1979 Adelaide Festival Centre has provided automation and scenery builds for productions including Phantom of the Opera, Matilda, Billy Elliot, Singing in the Rain, Hairspray, Cats and Moulin Rouge! as well as countless others. This prolific production history has been achievable though a workforce and a workshop that pride themselves on the quality of their build, an understanding of the changing dynamics of the entertainment and theatre industry and a willingness to always go above and beyond to fulfill producers and clients’ requirements.

Read more about the Scenery Workshop here.