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Victoria and Albert Museum 2019–2020


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.

Rajha Shakiry
Misty (Bush and Trafalgar Studios 2018)

Simon Kenny
Black Men Walking (Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester and tour, 2018)

Ian MacNeil
Angels in America (Lyttleton, National Theatre,2017)

Lucy Osborne & Nina Dunn
The Assassination of Katie Hopkins (Theatr Clywd, 2018)

Soutra Gilmour
Pinter at the Pinter (Pinter Theatre, West End, 2018)

Alexander Rigg
Orographic, Sea Hames, Bellmouth Papercone ( site responsive and Touring 2018, 2017, 2015)

Laura Ann Price
Talking Heads (Leeds Playhouse, 2018)

David Farley
Flood (Slung Low, Hull City of Culture, 2017)

Leslie Travers
Elysium (Norwegian National Opera, 2016)

Shizuka Hariu
Dystopian Dream (Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris and Sadler’s Wells, London (2017–19)

Jamie Vartan
The Second Violinist (Barbican and Black Box Theatre, Galway, 2017)

Becky Minto & Mark Murphy
Out of This World (MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling & tour, 2017)

Tim Meacock
Pagliacci (Scottish Opera,2018)

Jon Bausor
You for Me for You (Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Royal Court, 2016)

Jocelyn Meall & Molly Lacey Davies
A Clockwork Orange (Liverpool Everyman, 2018)

Bob Crowley
The Inheritance (Young Vic and Noel Coward Theatre, London 2018)

Rosie Whiting
99 Moves (Trinity Laban, London 2016)

Noemi Daboczi
Midsummer Night’s Dream (Szigligeti Theatre, Orades, Romania ,2018)

Mayou Trikerioti
Lysistrata (Ancient Amphitheatre of Epidaurus, Greece 2016)

Rhys Jarman
The Wedding (Gecko, Northern Stage, Newcastle, 2017)

As You Like It (Globe Theatre, London 2018)

Rob Halliday
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)

Paul Burgess
4:48 Psychosis (Deafinitely Theatre, New Diorama and Derby Theatre, 2018)

Katherina Radeva
Declining Solo (Two Destination Language, UK tour 2017)

Nerissa Cargill Thompson
Shadow Girl (Proud & Loud Arts, Hazzard Festival, Manchester, 2018) Cells (Proud& Loud Arts, Manchester Art Gallery and tour 2016)

Andrea Carr
Stuck (UK venues and Prague Festival 2017 – 18)

David Shearing
Black Rock (stage@leeds, 2017)

Kate Lane
AxiomPerformance Machine (Acts Re-Acts 4 Performance Festival Wimbledon, London 2017)

Staging Places Open Studio: V&A Round Table Events

Can we explore the aesthetics of access to make new theatrical languages? How can design enable inclusive access for all audiences?

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]