set design for theatre

During 2008 I’ve worked with Maria Haralambidou designing and building the set design for the musical “1963 they had a dream”. The musical was on at the Cochrane Theatre (London) during April 2009 and was Directed by Robbi Stevens.

The production had a tiny budget and it was a big challenge for us to design a set for a musical with so many different locations spending almost nothing and recycling pieces of old sets from previous productions.

The musical is about London 1960’s with Caribbean immigrants who came here hoping to get a new life and couldn’t even get money back to return to their country, and had to go through racism and stupidities of mankind.

Our design had in mind  2 realities; one of the Caribbean’s who used to live together, sometimes lots of them in the same bedroom, so considering the fact of their tiny houses, they used to be a lot more in the streets hanging together; and the reality of the british white rich population, always inside houses, cafes, restaurants, pubs; having in mind the amount of different location we had to deal with including park, hairdresser, houses, pub, we decided to design a “village” in which the walls of the houses open revealing what is inside (for the white’s) and for the Caribbean’s an area outside their house.

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