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Costume Collages - Brave New World

Costume Collages - Brave New World
  • Production: Brave New World
  • Venue: The Studio Theatre, The Gasholder Park at King's Cross, and The Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute
  • Year: 2016
  • Author: William Shakespeare
  • Directed by: Paul Goodwin
  • Choreography by : Liana Nyquist
  • Lighting Design by: Steve Keay
  • Sound Design by: Portia van de Braam
  • Costume Design by: Laura Albeck
  • Set designed by: Sonia Birman
  • Scenography by: Laura Albeck & Sonia Birman
  • Design © Laura Albeck
  • Image © Laura Albeck
This staging of a selection of scenes from Shakespeare’s late romances was carried out in concert with director Paul Goodwin, choreographer Liana Nyquist, 20 graduates of the 2015-16 MA Acting at Drama Centre London, set designer Sonia Birman and costume designer Laura Albeck. The amalgamation, put together by Paul Goodwin, consisted of segments from "Pericles, Prince of Tyre"; "Cymbeline"; "Winter's Tale"; and "The Tempest". The play was staged at three different locations: The Studio Theatre at Central Saint Martins late March, the Gasholder Park at King's Cross (later changed to the indoor The Crossing at Central Saint Martins due to unstable weather) late April and finally at The Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute in Moscow early May. Because of the final mounting in Russia, it was vital that the design had to be light in terms of weight. The condensed performance was staged in a promenade format attempting to create the confined worlds of the four texts, and via tempo-spatial developments invite audience members to follow the plot physically rather than from a fixed vantage point.