The future by design

In this time of crisis the design community are looking for ways to respond to the immediate problems and also see how we can be part of the transformation that will see theatres being reopened with an inevitable shift in audience numbers, … [Read more...]

To stream or not to stream ?

We are now in an age of content streaming, forced on us by the lockdown of theatres and an understandable response from managements to keep the appetite for theatre, celebration of our skills, debate around shows going and damn it just being busy … [Read more...]

Haystack

It is not often that I read a script and am gripped and surprised by the unfolding narrative but Al Blyth's play at Hampstead Theatre is a real page turner. The main challenge for the design was how to allow the story of GCHQ surveillance and the … [Read more...]

Curious and Curiouser

Some light at the end of the rabbit hole. My collaboration on the Alice exhibition at the V and A with Alan Farlie, Northover brown, ZNA , Gareth Fry and Luke Hall Studio is still going strong through the medium of Zoom. Although potentially delayed … [Read more...]

Projects postponed

Like everybody in our industry I am still reeling from the impact of the closure of the theatres and all the postponed or cancelled projects. I am extremely blessed that so many of the organisations I have been working with have been honourable and … [Read more...]

Nora

 This was written last year : In mid rehearsal for Steff Smith's radical version of Doll's house, set in three periods at once,1918,1968 and 2018 with three  actresses playing Nora. Collaborating with Director Elizabeth Freestone, Movement … [Read more...]

Status of design

I need to get this written to get back to the day job of trying to design some shows, but there has been a lot out there on twitter over the new year with many 'best of' lists and it has raised the issue of Designers and their visibility or rather … [Read more...]

Romeo and Juliet

Coming back to write about this one as i haven't had time this year to keep up. This production is now at the Barbican and will go out on tour in the new year. Another collaboration with Erica Whyman looking at this play afresh examining the … [Read more...]

White Teeth

Playing catch up at the moment after a week with 4 openings in , this has been a very busy autumn full of a fantastic variety of projects! So White Teeth has been in gestation for many years now with Stephen Sharkey and Indhu Rubasingham working in … [Read more...]

Tamburlaine RSC

Michael Boyd and I have returned to this epic text in his specially adapted version. We created a production for TFANA in Brooklyn in 2014 and have now moved on to the Swan in Stratford. As always when working with Michael the production develops and … [Read more...]