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It’s well known that theatre designers are busy. Directors always joke about it. We’re always going from tech week on one show
Writing during a furnace-like heatwave has been making me think, unsurprisingly, about being really hot. This year I’ve worked on quite a
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
God said: ‘Let there be light’ and there was light. And God saw the light, and it was good… but the colour
“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
I’m going to admit a shocking truth that could see me exiled from the design community: if the van with the actors
There is a certain level of irony in the concept of the ‘model box presentation’. Designers are possibly the furthest thing from
While studying theatre design in 2011, I desperately learned everything I could to one day get my work on the National Theatre’s
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
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
Close your eyes and picture a stage. Picture the set – maybe it’s a realistic room or an abstract array of colours and shapes.
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
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
This month I managed to sneak away for a weekend holiday. But just as I was getting into it, the inevitable happened.
I step on to the stage from behind seamless black serge, dressed in a turtle neck. “The future is here,” I say.
Recently, I’ve attended lots of discussions about the current state of theatre design – from the Society of British Theatre Designers conference
“And the whole thing is a whale carcass… because of… fear…” I tail off in a room of creatives stunned into silence.
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
Lately there has been a lot of discussion about how designers can progress in this business. Whether it’s a gap between graduating
What do the clothes you are wearing right now say about you? I have my costume head on, as I’m sitting at
This month, I’ve not done a huge amount. The truth is, I have this weird empty section in my schedule. My next
I’ve been hanging out with a large ‘set’ of designers – the official term – this week, and it’s been a timely
I’m working on a play set in a single room. I’ve done quite a few plays that are set in a single
My month has largely been spent making models. For a set designer, the final model is the only chance you have to