The Society of British Theatre Designers

The Value of Design

Elroy Ashmore

Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park
  • Production: Mansfield Park
  • Company: Heritage Opera
  • Venue: Boughton House
  • Year: 2011
  • Author: Alasdair Middleton after Jane Austin
  • Directed by: Michael McCaffery
  • Choreography by : Michele Hardy
  • Composer : Jonathan Dove
  • Costume Design by: Elroy Ashmore
  • Set designed by: Elroy Ashmore
  • Photography by: Elroy Ashmore
  • Design © Elroy Ashmore
  • Image © Elroy Ashmore
This premier of a new chamber opera by Jonathan Dove opened and then toured many grand old country houses in the UK. The design couldn't compete with the venues so a simple solution was found by playing it on and in front of the first page of Jane Austin's Mansfield Park. The idea was that the characters literally "step out from the pages". Printing was used on props and furniture. Small props came from hollowed out books that were stacked around the stage.