Kat Heath trained in Design for Performance at Wimbledon School of Art and Central Saint Martins. Kat designs set and costume for theatre, music, opera and dance, and is drawn to unconventional and innovative forms of storytelling.
Collaboration, play and experimentation are at the heart of Kat’s work, entwining design with narrative from the start of the process. They are drawn to immersive and site-responsive projects, and are excited about exploring how sensory design can make theatre more accessible to audiences with different needs and disabilities.
A CURIOUS QUEST
A Curious Quest is a whole primary school, design–led show which tours without performers or technicians. A long-forgotten museum cabinet of lost and found historical artefacts is presented in assembly; each year group is allocated an exhibit to study. Year six research Folklore; a box enchanted with ancient Celtic magik to trap a mischievous sparrow-like sprite. Intrigued, they illicitly unlace it…Over the next three weeks the sprite comes alive through chalky scurried footprints, piles of rusty treasures, nests in books and technical wizardry. It is under threat, only the students’ exploration of local history can lure it to safety.
The manifestation of this character was a complete collaboration. Rather than traditional drawings and models, the design process utilised a series of prototypes. The creative team trialled how the sprite might move, the noises it makes, its reaction to fear, to create an awe-inspiring narrative through the smallest of objects.
Tara Boland, Ollie Jones
Rory Muldoon, Stephen Dobbie
Stephen Dobbie/ Punchdrunk
Alex Rowse, Zoe Robinson for Punchdrunk Enrichment