Sleepdogs R&D

DESIGN, LIGHTING DESIGN, PERFORMANCE

Collaborating with Sleepdogs, I spent a stimulating week in Bristol, helping to develop ideas for the visual aesthetic of their new project, Dark Land Light House.

It’s a sci-fi/horror piece: a fairly rare (but really exciting!) genre in contemporary theatre, and totally appropriate to be exploring within the generic darkness of the black-box studio.

The kind of space where – just beyond the light – there really might be anything…

Photo © Paul Blakemore, 2014.

A Journey Around My Skull

DESIGN, LIGHTING DESIGN, PERFORMANCE

I collaborated with Kiln Ensemble to design the set and lighting for this solo performance by Olivia Winteringham, one of Kiln’s co-artistic directors.

Created on a tiny budget, the design locates the performance in an ambiguous, slightly unheimlich room: part consultant’s office, part operating theatre, part voyeuristic medical dream-space.

For a key moment in the show – live brain surgery(!) – I made a bespoke “head” for Olivia to “operate” on. Adapted from a retail display moulding, I designed and installed internal LEDs and biaural microphones.

Photos © Johnathan Blackwood, 2014.

The Wake – A book for the year

BOOKS, DESIGN

As the final part of The Wake, I conceived and designed a small book on behalf of Jane Packman Company. The book was created as a gift for our audiences, and whilst I’m not going to tell you about the contents of the book – that’s between us and those aforementioned audiences – suffice to say that it’s a unique and lovely thing that was a pleasure to make.

If you’re interested, it’s a 56pp custom format book, digitally printed onto FSC stock, perfect bound and hand finished. The tree image on the cover is an illustration by Barney George.

Photo © Ben Pacey 2013

You Are The Moon

DESIGN, FILM, PERFORMANCE

mixtape

I collaborated with Jon Spooner to make this short performance/film for Unlimited Theatre‘s MIXTAPE project. We worked together for a few days in Birmingham, and later showed (and filmed) the performance at BAC.

The piece is our response to You Are The Moon by The Hush Sound. Jon and I collaborated on the initial devising, writing and creation of the piece. I then designed and lit the piece, and Jon performed.

It was filmed by Chris Cottam, and edited by Gareth McEwan. Here it is, on vimeo: