The Society of British Theatre Designers

Staging Places: We Are The Storytellers Now - open until March 13, 2020 at V&A London

Alison Neighbour

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  • Constellations
  • Ministry of Stories Postal Services
  • Lost in the Neuron Forest


Alison is a scenographer working in theatre, dance, installation, and site specific environments. Her practice is a process of experiment and play with materials, texture, and found objects. She transforms spaces and tells stories visually, aiming to use design to connect people and place, and give the audience agency. As well as more traditional theatre design roles, she is currently developing her practice of socially engaged site responsive scenography with the help of an Arts Council England Developing Creative Practice Award, and creating several new projects for public spaces around the UK. She co-founded and led Bread & Goose for over 10 years, making site based theatre, installation, adventures, and creative interventions with communities and places across Wales and England.

Recent work includes: Ministry of Stories Postal Service (permanent installation at Hoxton St Monster Supplies); The Hotel Experience (Lila Dance tour); The Girl With Incredibly Long Hair (Wales Millennium Centre & touring); Good Girl (Trafalgar Studios); Tumulus (Vaults Festival Origin Award/Soho Theatre); The Little Prince (Playground Theatre); Hanging in the Balance (mac, Birmingham); Constellations & A Peter Rabbit Tale (Singapore Repertory Theatre); Ross & Rachel (UK tour); Spine (UK Tour); The Curtain (Young Vic); De-Railed (HOME, Manchester); Phenomenal People (Fuel, UK Tour); Crazy Gary's Mobile Disco (Chapter Arts Centre & Wales tour); I Told You This Would Happen (ARC, Stockton & UK tour); Lost in the Neuron Forest (Wales Millennium Centre & UK tour); The Eyes Have It (Imagine Watford Festival); Followers (Southwark Playhouse); Used Blood Junkyard (Arcola); Square Bubble (InTransit & National Theatre)

Alison's work was exhibited at World Stage Design 2013 and Make/Believe 2015, and she has been awarded funding to attend World Stage Design 2017, and to lead a workshop at PQ2019.

Alison has taught theatre design at Rose Bruford College, Lewisham College, RADA, University of Creative Arts, University of Hull, and Canterbury Christchurch University, and led artistic residencies and workshops at numerous institutions and with diverse community groups across the UK.

Alison trained as a designer at RADA and is represented by The Designer's Formation. She is also a resident at Pervasive Media Studios, and Associate Artist at the Marlowe Theatre Canterbury.

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