A new large skep 80 cm tall and over 50 cm in diameter was made specially for the production of a new play, "The Low Road", at The Royal Court Theatre in London. The play was seen by critics on Wednesday 27th March. There was a range of reviews , the best probably being by Michael Billington in The Guardian. The skep is not mentioned in any of the reviews, possibly because it has relevance to the "coup de theatre" surprise at the end of the play when bee-like spacemen descend in a craft shaped like a skep and give their bleak opinion of mankind in New England in 1790.
The show was fully booked and was extended an extra week.
The skep has been home again but is off on another asignment.
It's far too big for practical beekeeping.
The big skep in the front of the photo of three skeps below was made specially for a production of "Humble Boy" that happened recently at the Arts Centre on Jersey, Channel islands, in March, 2013.
On-stage photo taken by the man who built the set, Russell Labey.
Stage-struck skep was returned home but has gone again on another job (about which I may not tell you at present! Wait and see ).
The two smaller skeps have safely returned from an appearance in Miss Prism's wheelbarrow in a production of "The Importance of being Earnest" at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough.
The Giant Skep.
In 2012 I made a skep over 80cm tall and 60cm wide. It is to be used as a model in the planning and construction of models for a new fountain. The artist is Paul Renner, who lives in Austria.
Look up Paul's website on www.paulrenner.net to see examples of his other work.
Paul manages to combine art, sculpture and cookery into surprising events. A pity he does not so far come to the UK.
This is one of the largest skeps I have ever made (or ever seen). It's not often you need to draw graphs and use a tape measure so frequently, but his one was made trying to copy a drawing of a skep supplied by the artist. I needed to check dimensions all the way and even then the shape differs slightly from the drawing.
On the South Bank
There's been a skep of mine somewhere on the South Bank in London in summer, 2012.
Look out for actors "The Lions Part" who presented "October Plenty" .
The players perform in the open as well as in theatres, including The Globe.
Here's Sonia Ritter leading a procession in the market area. Behind her, over her left shoulder, you can see a 16th century beekeeper complete with wicker face. He is also carrying a skep, but that's not in view.
His costume was made following the pattern on this website. I supplied the slath for the bee-proof hood.
In a field, somewhere near you.
An outdoor work involving a skep, made by artist Andrew Crawford White. Look him up.
Andrew specialises in working with plants and natural regeneration. Guerilla Gardening is not too far removed from some of his work.
In a Japanese play for children
Richard Aylwin wanted a skep for use on stage, The play went very well indeed.
Check out Richard's other work on his website.
There are other people of the same name but ignore the ones that are not to do with drama.
Henriette Dingemans, from The Netherlands, is an artist very interested in bees and planning for an exhibition in Amsterdam, with work referring to bees and beekeeping.
Here you see her in the 16th century beekeeper costume she made using the pattern on this website and a slath for the facemask made by me. I could post you a slath for your own beekeeper costume. Scary!
The skeps that were used at Hampton Court Flower Show in 2010
These have their own page of photos.
The dung-covered skeps for Robin Hood. 2010
These are pictured on the Skepmaking page. They were for Friar Tuck's bees and ended up being thrown into a building to drive out the people inside. This Robin Hood was the one with Russel Crowe and Kate Winslett that came out in 2011.
MORE TO BE ADDED AND PHOTOS WHEN I CAN GET THEM.