2018 Year of Collaborations

This is turning into an amazing year of collaborations with so many of my close directorial colleagues asking me to do several projects each, how can I say no ! So with Michael Boyd, after Open House and Cherry Orchard, I will be doing Tamburlaine, … [Read more...]

Cherry orchard in the round

It is great to go back to this classic text, as it is play I know well having designed it many years ago at Nottingham playhouse, but it was intriguing to see how Rory Mullarkey (writer) and Michael Boyd (direction)would approach the play. It is … [Read more...]

Open House

Another compelling new play received its UK premiere at the Ustinov Bath and now transferring to The Print Room at The Coronet in Notting Hill. Michael Boyd has directed and we worked with Madeleine Girling as costume designer. For what appears to be … [Read more...]

Box of Delights

"What is the point of a box of delights if you can't open it ?" so says one of the children in this fantastic adaptation of the classic children's story by John Masefield adapted by Piers Today.  A gem to design in the faded splendour of … [Read more...]

Bully part 2

I have been touched and startled at how many people within our industry have approached me with support for the comments on my last blog on this subject and am alarmed at how I seem to have struck a chord with too many fellow designers. I have shared … [Read more...]

Pooh Exhibition

Here is a link to an article on the exhibition at the V and A which I have co-designed with Alan Farlie of RFK Architects (we have worked together now on 4 exhibitions Shakespeare staging the world, Blood, Curtain Up ). Also working closely with … [Read more...]

Rake’s at Wilton’s

A perfect venue for this opera based on Hogarth's famed series of paintings. I am collaborating again with Selina Cadell and the team behind Love for Love at the RSC so just working on the stage design with costumes by Rosalind Ebbutt. This is the … [Read more...]

Bayadere-the ninth life

This has been a real departure for me working for with Shobana Jeyasingh. Lots of thoughts about it in this link .   … [Read more...]

Bully bully

In the light of the current revelations of patriarchal figures within the entertainment world abusing their power over women I wanted to add my support to those calling out the abusers, but also discuss how to add to the debate to cover all aspects … [Read more...]

Pelleas and Melisande

A bit late writing about this production which has been and gone, but wanted to share my thoughts.The production was my second at Garsington with Michael Boyd after last year's Eugene Onegin.  Debussy's symbolist masterpiece demands a … [Read more...]