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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Designer Grace Smart: We shouldn’t be expected to treat our other jobs like secret mistresses by Grace Smart

It’s well known that theatre designers are busy. Directors always joke about it. We’re always going from tech week on one show

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Grace Smart: Whatever the weather outside, designers can turn up the heat by Grace Smart

Writing during a furnace-like heatwave has been making me think, unsurprisingly, about being really hot. This year I’ve worked on quite a

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Grace Smart: Don’t get spooked by the ghosts of theatre design past by Grace Smart

Sometimes, as theatre designers, we’re left on our own in the auditorium. Maybe it’s a lunch break during tech and we’re tweaking

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Designer Grace Smart: Cherish your lighting designer – every little thing they do is magic by Grace Smart

God said: ‘Let there be light’ and there was light. And God saw the light, and it was good… but the colour

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Designer Grace Smart: Actors, I’m sorry about that stray pin prick – let’s be friends by Grace Smart

“It’s just pastoral care,” one designer said to me when I started. “Costume design isn’t an art form, it’s babysitting actors.” This

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Designer Grace Smart: The show can go on without design, but a character will be missing by Grace Smart

I’m going to admit a shocking truth that could see me exiled from the design community: if the van with the actors

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Grace Smart: The art of conversation is an essential design skill by Grace Smart

There is a certain level of irony in the concept of the ‘model box presentation’. Designers are possibly the furthest thing from

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Grace Smart: Young designers don’t aspire to the National Theatre – they prefer warehouses by Grace Smart

While studying theatre design in 2011, I desperately learned everything I could to one day get my work on the National Theatre’s

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Grace Smart: Theatres may favour house cats, but designers are feline left out by Grace Smart

Cats. Not the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, but the domestic-pet-turned-furry-internet-phenomenon. They’re cute, they’re loveable, and they’re the hot new theatre accessory to

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Grace Smart: It’s time to let theatre designers do the talking by Grace Smart

There’s a phrase I’ve heard a lot this year. I heard it at Improbable’s Devoted and Disgruntled get together and at the

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Grace Smart: With the right design magic, an empty stage can tell its own story by Grace Smart

Close your eyes and picture a stage. Picture the set – maybe it’s a realistic room or an abstract array of colours and shapes.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Grace Smart: Theatre design is a conversation that few of your ideas will survive by Grace Smart

I should be reading a script, but I’m not, because I find the process scary. It’s not a fear that I’ll hate

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Designer Grace Smart: Let’s give props to those scene-stealing stage objects by Grace Smart

I’m currently in a mid tech-week fog. We’re at that point of a production where the activity, stress and lack of sleep

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Grace Smart: Take a holiday – stress may not be conducive to creative thinking by Grace Smart

This month I managed to sneak away for a weekend holiday. But just as I was getting into it, the inevitable happened.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Grace Smart: Move over PVA and matchsticks, the future is here – let’s embrace it by Grace Smart

I step on to the stage from behind seamless black serge, dressed in a turtle neck. “The future is here,” I say.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Grace Smart: Without wider awareness that theatre design is open to anyone, we will never improve diversity by Grace Smart

Recently, I’ve attended lots of discussions about the current state of theatre design – from the Society of British Theatre Designers conference

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Grace Smart: Designers always put something of themselves in their work by Grace Smart

“And the whole thing is a whale carcass… because of… fear…” I tail off in a room of creatives stunned into silence.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Designer Grace Smart: How to prepare for the onslaught of tech week by Grace Smart

I’m trying to write this over the snoring of my sofa-ridden partner. It’s a Sunday afternoon, and he has been out cold

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Grace Smart: Producers need to take more risks on young designers by Grace Smart

Lately there has been a lot of discussion about how designers can progress in this business. Whether it’s a gap between graduating

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Designer Grace Smart: Why costume can tell a character’s whole story by Grace Smart

What do the clothes you are wearing right now say about you? I have my costume head on, as I’m sitting at

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Designer Grace Smart: ‘So-called ‘dry spells’ are just part of the gig’ by Grace Smart

This month, I’ve not done a huge amount. The truth is, I have this weird empty section in my schedule. My next

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Grace Smart: Set designers should remember that it’s good to talk by Grace Smart

I’ve been hanging out with a large ‘set’ of designers – the official term – this week, and it’s been a timely

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Grace Smart: Want to design a cool, beautiful set? Read the script, stupid by Grace Smart

I’m working on a play set in a single room. I’ve done quite a few plays that are set in a single

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Grace Smart: When model-making, prepare for blood spurts and fury by Grace Smart

My month has largely been spent making models. For a set designer, the final model is the only chance you have to

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