Cécile is an international award winning set and costume designer. She trained at Wimbledon College of Arts, graduating with a first class degree in 2013. She is, with director Gerard Jones, the winner of the 10th European Opera Directing Prize in 2018. She was a Linbury Finalist (2013) and a Jerwood Young Designer (2017).
She is the recipient of the Jerwood Micro Bursary in 2017, The Royal Opera House Linbury Bursary 2015, and the IdeasTap Graduate Award 2014. She was nominated for Best Set Design at the Off West End Theatre Awards in 2014.
Cécile’s work was exhibited at the World Stage Design exhibition 2017 in Taipei, the Prague Quadrennial 2015 as part of the British Pavilion, and at the V&A exhibition Make/Believe: UK Design for Performance 2011-2015.
Set and costume designer
The Gate Theatre (London), Theatre National de Bretagne (Salle Perigot)
The play is set mainly in Suzy’s kitchen. It’s told from Suzy’s point of view, at the end of the day she killed one of her children. Flashbacks tent in vain to explain her act, thoughts explode in her head, the places fluctuates from the kitchen to the darkest part of her brain.
The floor is tiled linoleum, there is a white table and some wine bottles, a door, two windows. Toys are everywhere, to the point that actors and audience can’t move easily. The room is lined with a forest printed wallpaper. The real space (the kitchen) meets Suzy’s mental place: trying to find refuge in the wilderness but grounded to earth by her tragic reality.Throughout the play and with the help of the audience, the space will get cleaned, like Suzy’s mind, so she can rest and confront what she has done.
The show was an international collaboration with French director Jean-Pierre Baro at the Gate. It is now a co-production with the Theatre National de Bretagne and will carry on touring in 2020 after a very successful run in France.
Julia Fraire Willemose