A Midsummer Night's Dream

Production Designer | September - December 2020

This design was inspired by the theme of gender in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

The forest, representing femininity and rites of passage, was influenced by contemporary female artists such as Rebecca Louise Law and Daphne Wright. Denuded birch trees stand ghostly pale against the black box theatre space. Strings of flowers hang between the trees as the young lovers enter the mystical realm of the fairies. Trapdoors underfoot create a constantly changing environment as well as movement opportunities for the actors.

Antlers line the wall of Theseus' palace, representing his need to conquer and the unnatural quality of his world. At the centre of this space is a boardroom table, made from polished black granite reminiscent of war memorials. Red string is scattered around the room, a reminder of the unacknowledged violence of the war they've just won.

Photography assistant: Lola Hourihane