Published : 31 May, 2019
Kynren prop maker and Props Team leader Mark Rossi surrounded by just a selection of more than 3,000 authentic-looking weapons, shields, helmets and banners which will be used as part of the UK’s biggest outdoor theatrical performance in Bishop Auckland next month.
The retired art teacher and a dedicated team of 29 crew members are responsible for creating all the props for the multi-award winning ‘Kynren – an epic tale of England’.
The props team are also responsible for making sure all 3,000 props are in the right place at the right time for Kynren to run smoothly. They often need to be on standby to quickly fix any damaged props on the spot and make sure all props are accounted for at the end of each show.
Performed by a 1,000-strong cast and crew on a 7.5-acre outdoor stage, complete with its own lake, the show features thousands of specially-made props including more than 500 weapons, 200 Roman and Viking helmets, 174 musical instruments and 150 shields.
As part of this year’s show Mark and the props team are also building two Viking burial biers, hand carts and many other items for Kynren’s new Viking Village.