The Society of British Theatre Designers

The Value of Design

Juno and the Paycock

Juno and the Paycock
  • Production: Juno and the Paycock
  • Company: Royal Lyceum Theatre Company
  • Venue: Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
  • Year: 1967
  • Author: Sean O'Casey
  • Directed by: Richard Eyre
  • Lighting Design by: Andre Tammes
  • Costume Design by: Martin Morley
  • Set designed by: Martin Morley
Very much a posed production photo of the type that was still the norm then. This was my first professional theatre design, which I did while on an Arts Council Bursary. I will never forget the terror when reality struck and the designs had to be transformed from drawings and models into the real thing. Much of the research for the set was done among the crumbling tenements that were being demolished in Edinburgh at the time. And which were markedly similar to Dublin slums. A great deal of effort was given to making the crumbling textures as real as possible . The argument that audiences do not notice minute detail in a setting is a myth. Not only are they confronted with the set over a long time span, but also those that are close can be very close indeed.