A short blog on a project instigated by designers & funded by an award from the ST HUGH’S FOUNDATION FOR…
We are a production design collaborative that works in theatre, opera and cross art form as designers, artists, associate artists or assistant designers on projects nationally and internationally including West End and Broadway. Our core strength is the quick generation of strongly narrative visual ideas for new writing, classics, dance, music theatre and opera, founded on R & D and a measure of gut instinct.
Following on from the amazing success of Bambino, we’re currently working with director Roxana Haines and composer Lliam Paterson on a new devised opera for 12 to 24 month olds in a new collaboration with Scottish Opera. FOX-TOT premieres this Autumn at the Edinburgh Festival. Click on this link for more info https://www.scottishopera.org.uk/shows/fox-tot/
We can also announce an exciting collaboration with TRANSPORTED developing a new opera as project leaders. This is hugely exciting for us. We have always been active in promoting designers as project instigators, and this is a really amazing opportunity to develop a project that has the capacity and potential to evolve and impact beyond the initial project, the community and region to have national reverberations. With support from the Society of British Theatre Designers in our roles as regional champions in the East Midlands for STAGING PLACES, we have become part of the bigger voice that asks how designers may be more engaged in creating the conditions for alternative collaborative processes that result in broader cultural participation. TRANSPORTED do this, they make things happen. Take a look at their work. http://www.transportedart.com
Other designer instigated projects in development include SIX OF ONE & HALF A DOZEN OF THE OTHER. We explore a new performance model instigated by theatre designers and focused around a theatre set that inspires writers to respond. We aim to create a pilot production of 6 new 20-minute plays of mixed genre and repeat our model in multiple regions nationally.
Our collaboration with screenwriter and novelist Phil Cosker, CRUELTY TO ANIMALS is now a completed libretto, with music to come from Composer Lliam Paterson, a former emerging artist at Scottish Opera, now very much emerged! We’re all very excited by Lliam’s music, and his alliance on the development of the libretto to opera is a tantalising prospect.