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To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Production: To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Company: Haymarket Theatre
  • Venue: Haymarket Theatre
  • Year: 2004
  • Directed by: Paul Kerryson
  • Lighting Design by: James Farncombe
  • Costume Design by: Kate Unwin
  • Set designed by: Kate Unwin
  • Design © Kate Unwin
To Kill A Mockingbird was playing in rep with Master Harold and the Boys so both sets used the same raked stage platform which jutted into the audience. My brief was to make huge realistic trees and look at using picket fencing in a realistic and abstract way. The trees were covered in leaves but their trunks were made up of planks. Odd-shaped porches at different heights represented different characters houses and cutout frames clad in planks of wood were the Finch house and Boo Radley’s house. Scout’s tyre hung downstage on the raked platform and other tyres hung upstage at different heights hanging on rope as hangman’s nooses. With the aid of the lighting the set could look like a children’s playground one moment and a frightening place the next.