The NAC's backstage area includes a large workshop space for the building of sets and other physical work involved behind the scenes. Carpenters, electricians, welders, and other trades are part of things back here, and some of their work can include the construction of props and sets. Full scale items were on display, as well as models for set designs. Often what someone might be called upon to do is to create something flat that appears, from the audience point of view, to be the real deal, such as a bookshelf or a painting. Some of that is below.
A wider view of the workshop. A photograph of the actor Cary Grant, taken later in life, is up on that wall. He must have come into the city at some point or another. Incidentally, my favourite Grant films would have to be North By Northwest, To Catch A Thief, The Philadelphia Story, and Bringing Up Baby. What are yours?
Blueprints are generally quite detailed, such as the case with this, showing another of the theatre spaces in the building. Aside from Southam Hall, there are three other formal performance areas, declining gradually in size to the more intimate Fourth Stage.
Being a workshop, this area has power tools and hand tools. Some of them were on display at large work tables.