Victoria and Albert Museum 2019–2020
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 – Friday, 13th March 2020
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Staging Places celebrates the diversity of British performance design across spaces and genres. This display, in collaboration with the Society of British Theatre Designers, presents costumes, set designs, models, photos, drawings and puppets that reveal the creative process behind designing for performance.
Staging Places: UK Design Performance set out, via an open call submission process, to shine a light on the diversity of performance design practices in the UK today and to inspire young people to re-invent them in the future. With the support of a selection panel of industry wide specialists, the work selected for the exhibition traverses the whole of the country, celebrating a broad range of audiences, spaces and genres. A selection of work made by UK based designers for international companies and houses was also included. Designers selected are representative of every career stage from around two years into professional practice to over thirty years.
We asked designers to share their process with us as part of their exhibit and many chose to include short films that they made themselves. These short films are available via the Staging Places website, providing a true insight into the horizontal collaboration processes that we are starting to see prevail across set, costume, lighting, sound and video design.
Bursaries were made available to encourage the widest possible participation.
150 designers submitted their work. 12 designers were selected to represent the UK in our Staging Places Studio exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial and a further 18 were invited to participate in the exhibition when it came to the V&A.
One production from every single designer that submitted their work was projected in a loop onto the gallery wall at the entrance to the exhibition.
The exhibition was accompanied by a full programme of Roundtable discussions and introductory talks for students studying performance design and related disciplines at a range of HE institutions throughout the country.
Misty (Bush and Trafalgar Studios 2018)
Black Men Walking (Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester and tour, 2018)
Angels in America (Lyttleton, National Theatre,2017)
Pinter at the Pinter (Pinter Theatre, West End, 2018)
Orographic, Sea Hames, Bellmouth Papercone ( site responsive and Touring 2018, 2017, 2015)
Laura Ann Price
Talking Heads (Leeds Playhouse, 2018)
Flood (Slung Low, Hull City of Culture, 2017)
Elysium (Norwegian National Opera, 2016)
Dystopian Dream (Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris and Sadler’s Wells, London (2017–19)
The Second Violinist (Barbican and Black Box Theatre, Galway, 2017)
Becky Minto & Mark Murphy
Out of This World (MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling & tour, 2017)
Pagliacci (Scottish Opera,2018)
You for Me for You (Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Royal Court, 2016)
The Inheritance (Young Vic and Noel Coward Theatre, London 2018)
99 Moves (Trinity Laban, London 2016)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Szigligeti Theatre, Orades, Romania ,2018)
Lysistrata (Ancient Amphitheatre of Epidaurus, Greece 2016)
The Wedding (Gecko, Northern Stage, Newcastle, 2017)
As You Like It (Globe Theatre, London 2018)
Giudizio Universale (Last Judgement) (Auditorium Concilliazone, Rome, 2018)
Abby and Alice
Never Set Eyes on the Land (touring shipping container, 2018)
Simon Daw & Zoe Svendsen
World Party (Young Vic and UK tour, 2015)
4:48 Psychosis (Deafinitely Theatre, New Diorama and Derby Theatre, 2018)
Declining Solo (Two Destination Language, UK tour 2017)
Stuck (UK venues and Prague Festival 2017 – 18)
Black Rock (stage@leeds, 2017)
Axiom– Performance Machine (Acts Re-Acts 4 Performance Festival Wimbledon, London 2017)
Staging Places Open Studio: V&A Round Table Events
Recorded at the V&A on 17th January 2020.
A round table conversation with Liz Ascroft and Paul Burgess, hosted by Kathrine Sandys. One of the series of SBTD Staging Places conversations, in residency at the V&A.
[Image credit: Jane Hobson, Becky Minto: Set Design (With Mark Murphy) and Costume Design]