A Dumbarton DESIGNER was inspired to bring theaters back to life with his DIY miniature models.
Stuart Gordon-Smith started making mock-ups of different theaters during the first lockdown two years ago in order to reconnect with the stage.
That’s when he got the idea to start his business Ice Cream at the Interval selling DIY kits online and in theaters, where he can help raise money for charity. .
He told the reporter: “Growing up I loved theaters and I had a toy which was a wooden Victorian-style theater. I loved making sets out of it.
“I had really good support as my parents took me to see shows and watch the theater stage. When the first lockdown hit we didn’t know how long they would be closed. It was a big part of my life and I really missed them.
Stuart Gordon-Smith started creating miniature theaters during the first lockdown
“Theaters are amazing spaces – real escapes. It’s a time when people forget their general reality for a few hours, so I decided to create miniature versions. It was for me originally, but it was my husband who encouraged me to start selling them.
The Our Lady and St Patrick alumnus has now recreated 32 theaters across the country – with his latest inspired by his 94-year-old grandmother, Stella McGoldrick.
The 37-year-old continued: “My nanny suggested I do the Alhambra, but I thought not many people would remember. The only recording was in 2D form, so I figured it was a great suggestion to revisit some of those lost spaces.
“Let’s hope that by recreating these spaces, it helps bring back treasured memories and shared moments between people.”
Stuart’s models have now raised an incredible £1,000 for theater charities and he has plenty of ideas to do even more, especially for theaters that are long gone.
“I would love to do one of Gorbals Palace Theaters which was demolished in the 1970s. It was really ornately decorated and had these amazing elephant figures,” he added.
As well as model kits, Stuart also sells prints, greeting cards and posters of his designs on etsy.com/uk/shop/IceCreamAtThe or on social media at icecreamatthe.