To be confirmed following the first seminar meeting.
Topics will include:
Shifts in design practice in the mid-late 1950s in Britain
Design at the RSC in the 1960s
Designing theatre spaces: architecture and performance practice
Changing spaces: studio productions (RSC, RNT, regional spaces)
Designing in the Swan (Stratford)
Performance spaces and production budgets
Reconstructions of Eliazabethan/Jacobean performance practices (including the Globe, Inns of Court and Great Halls)
Directors and designers: including Peter Hall and John Bury; Peter Hall and Jocelyn Herbert; Adrian Noble and Bob Crowley; Peter Brook and Sally Jacobs, Michael Boyd and Tom Piper, Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, Richard Eyre and Anthony Ward; Sam Mendes and Anthony Ward; Deborah Warner and Hildegard Bechtler
Designing to tour
The Berliner Ensemble
Changing expectations of costume design
Mechanised staging devices
From scenic spectacle to virtual reality (including William Dudley)
Designing for found spaces
Designing for site specific performances
Sustainability and scenography
Mixed media performances (including the work of Robert Lepage).
Innovative design for the 21st century
Guest designers and their work
Theatre design/exhibition design.
Curating an exhibition.