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Pethe Brau

Pethe Brau
  • Production: Pethe Brau (The Glass Menagerie)
  • Company: Cwmni Theatr Cymru
  • Venue: Eisteddfod Genedlaethol and Welsh tour
  • Year: 1972
  • Author: Tennessee Williams
  • Directed by: David Lyn
  • Lighting Design by: Murray Clarke
  • Costume Design by: Martin Morley
  • Set designed by: Martin Morley
This was the first of many plays that I designed for Cwmni Theatr Cymru. At the time there was not a circuit of main stages that served the Welsh speaking areas so the set had to be designed to fit in school halls and village halls. The were obvious limitations but at least they were more or less consistent in scale. Problems occured later when the mainstages were built but tours still had to include some small halls. The solution that I found that worked best was to design an 'island' set that exist in any situation.