The Society of British Theatre Designers

Staging Places: We Are The Storytellers Now - open until March 13, 2020 at V&A London

Sophie Ruth Donaldson

I'll See It When I Believe It

I'll See It When I Believe It
  • Production: I'll See It When I Believe It
  • Venue: The Place
  • Year: 2018
  • Choreography by : Theo Clinkard
  • Lighting Design by: Michael Mannion
  • Costume Design by: Sophie Ruth Donaldson/ Theo Clinkard
  • Photography by: Camilla Greenwell
  • Design © Sophie Ruth Donaldson
  • Image © Camilla Greenwell
‘Past events exist, after all, only in memory, which is a form of imagination. The event is real now, but once it's then, its continuing reality is entirely up to us, dependent on our energy and honesty.’ Ursula Le Guin For this creation, I worked with the cast to develop a practice of embodying memories, inviting their personal histories and wild imaginations to move them through the work. Recalled experiences become an internal terrain for their hearts and minds to navigate and rewrite physically in real space. The work's final moments exists within a collective domain as the cast succumb to the body itself as a driver, evoking the urgent energy of a cultural memory, such as the rallying crowds of a protest or a celebration. Theo Clinkard