The Society of British Theatre Designers

2011 National Exhibition

Janet Vaughan

Smoke, Mirrors & the Art of Escapology

Smoke, Mirrors & the Art of Escapology
  • Production: Smoke, Mirrors & the Art of Escapology
  • Company: Talking Birds
  • Venue: The Studio, Beckenham
  • Year: 1998
  • Author: devised by Talking Birds
  • Directed by: Nick Walker
  • Costume Design by: Janet Vaughan
  • Set designed by: Janet Vaughan
  • Design © Janet Vaughan
A site-specific piece telling concurrently, the stories of two escapologists in two distinct times and spaces. Understage, a prisoner attempts to escape a futuristic prison, seen through video projection. On-stage, the sanatorium where Houdini's wife recreates his final escape act. Above stage, the place to where the prisoner eventually escapes.