The Society of British Theatre Designers

Staging Places: We Are The Storytellers Now - open until March 29, 2020 at V&A London


  • Company: Opera Holland Park
  • Year: 2004
  • Directed by: Mike Ashman
  • Composer : Bellini
  • Lighting Design by: Mark Doubleday
  • Set designed by: Will Bowen
  • Photography by: Will Bowen
  • Design © Will Bowen
  • Image © Will Bowen
The opera opens on a scene of destruction - a muddy wasteland with blasted trees. Norma's hideaway is literally hidden beneath the mud - the stagecloth is lifted to reveal a sumptuously lined tent where her children sleep. At the end Norma and Pollione walk across the altar of basalt pillars to their immolatory death.