The Society of British Theatre Designers

Staging Places: UK Design for Performance 2015-2019 (Image: Performing Architects)


  • Production: Bailegangaire
  • Company: Arches Theatre Company
  • Venue: Studio
  • Year: 2008
  • Author: Tom Murphy
  • Directed by: Andy Arnold
  • Lighting Design by: Davey Thomson
  • Costume Design by: Hazel Blue
  • Set designed by: Hazel Blue
  • Design © Hazel Blue
Bailegangaire (town without laughter) is a play centred around an elderly bedridden woman who constantly repeats a story about a laughing competition to her granddaughter, but she cannot remember the ending. The set is a naturalistic room in a dismal Irish cottage with an exaggeration of grime and deterioration allowing glimpses of its former quaint beauty and dignity. Like the characters the room appears to struggle with the ravages of time and the demands of contemporary 80's life.