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Write:Design – creative partnerships between new writing and design students

9 May 2018

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Second year Design for Performance students have paired up with writers from Swansea University for the Write:Design Project.

Over six weeks, the design students have worked with students from Swansea University’s MA creative writing course and PHD research to develop and design an original piece of site specific performance, based on a range of found spaces in Cardiff.

At the end of the project the students presented their conceptual ideas, made up of three scripted sections of the play, and small scale models of the sets, created by the designers, alongside costume drawings, moodboards and images.

Scale models of sets from Hoarder by Jericho Mehegan. Design: TK Hay Castle Arcade Tunnels

At the final presentation, novelist, poet and playwright Owen Sheers, Professor of Creativity at Swansea University, gave feedback to the students, giving them an insight into how site-specific theatre could be managed theatrically.

Scale model of Stageplay by Oliviah Rix-Taylor. Design: Harry Lee            Lost Vegas Hotel upper floor

“Owen’s comments often helped us in pushing clarity further to create a more cohesive experience for the audience,” Said Bobbie Dutton, Design for Performance student.

“I enjoyed and gained so much from working on Write:Design. It’s completely opened my eyes to a whole new genre of theatre.”


Costume drawings for Uktopia by Nick Davies. Design: Bobbie Dutton Roath Yard

The work is on exhibition in the Linbury Gallery until the end of the month.

 More collaborative opportunities

Our third year students have also been working with MA Directing students from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art on a on a design proposal for a conceptual design which they present together. The project is led by Senior Lecturer Design for Performance at the College Lucy Hall and Directors Course Leader at LAMDA Debbie Seymour.

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