The Society of British Theatre Designers

Staging Places: We Are The Storytellers Now - open until March 29, 2020 at V&A London

Janet Vaughan


  • Production: Aladdin
  • Venue: Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham
  • Year: 1999
  • Author: John Ginman
  • Directed by: John Ginman
  • Lighting Design by: Arnim Friess
  • Projection Design by: Arnim Friess and Janet Vaughan
  • Costume Design by: Janet Vaughan
  • Set designed by: Janet Vaughan
  • Design © Janet Vaughan
The story (mostly) alternates between two locations - the city where Aladdin lives, and the desert which is the place where the magician casts his spells. I wanted to close the grey city in, and bring it as far downstage as possible, which I did with the use of a large gauze curtain and slide projections. This made the transition to open, colourful desert seem almost like magic in itself