The Society of British Theatre Designers

The Value of Design

Pwy S'yn Sal

Pwy S'yn Sal
  • Production: Pwy Sy'n Sal (Moliere double bill)
  • Company: Cwmni Theatr Gwynedd
  • Venue: Theatr Gwynedd and Tour
  • Year: 1994
  • Author: Moliere
  • Directed by: Graham Laker
  • Lighting Design by: Tony Bailey Hughes
  • Costume Design by: Martin Morley
  • Set designed by: Martin Morley
  • Image © Martin Morley
This was a double bill of Welsh language versions of "Le Malade Imaginaire"("Y Claf Diglefydd") and "Le Médecin Malgré Lui"("Doctor Di-glem"). The directors had very different approaches to style and the meaning of period in the context of a theatrical production. The unifying visual factor was the basic structure of the set, though each used it in a different way. The costumes for "Y Claf Diglefydd" were broadly traditional, i.e. they treated time in an historical way. For "Doctor Di-glem", we raided period forms and silhouettes and wedded them loosely to modern fashion. The palette for "Y Claf Diglefydd" was rich and the fabrics heavy. In "Doctor Di-glem" it was sunny creams and whites, with occasional flashes of colour, and very lightweight fabrics. The set was a 3D drawing, in steel, of a classical room-cum-courtyard, behind which was a double row of shuttered windows. The stage floor was a formal marbled pattern on MDF.