Once again RWCMD design graduates are making their mark on the prestigious Linbury Prize, with the College representing half of this year’s finalists for 2019.
They join the six other finalists to work with four productions companies: Harry Pizzey with Birminghan Royal Ballet, Rose Revitt, Elin Steele and Debbie Duru with Leeds Playhouse and TK Hay and Aline Jeffery at the Octagon Theatre in Bolton.
Their work will be exhibited at the National Theatre in December when four of them will win a commission, one with each company, to realise their designs, and one designer will be awarded the overall winner.
They join an impressive list of RWCMD finalists, and winners of the biennial prize including Fin Redshaw, Jean Chan , Rhys Jarman, Tom Scutt, Madeleine Girling, Camilla Clarke, Max Jones and Adam Wiltshire.
Here’s a taste of what these designers have been up to over the last few terms:
Rose Revitt designed the set and costumes for The Wolves, which was performed both at the College and at Theatr Clwyd last term.
#TheWolves by Sarah DeLappe is a powerhouse of a vehicle for a brilliant company of women. @RaniaJumaily‘s production at @RWCMD serves up a pitch perfect cast that lets DeLappe’s words sing.
Funny, charming, genuinely moving and beautifully written. https://t.co/Amtf6X6sPu
— Shane Morgan (@MrShaneMorgan) May 24, 2019
Receiving praise from The Guardian, Elin Steele‘s set and costume design for Woof gained national recognition.
“Woof is a triumph for the Sherman theatre. In Elgan Rhys’s perfectly paced two-hander, Berwyn Pearce and Aled Pedrick give devastating performances… Under Gethin Evans’ direction… every emotion is tangible.” @guardian #ShermanWoofhttps://t.co/qHC1D2cVzR pic.twitter.com/fTO5q3AOo4
— Sherman Theatre (@ShermanTheatre) February 7, 2019
Debbie Duru has created costumes and sets for a variety of shows, including Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Bute Theatre, and our production of Company at the Sherman Theatre.
Opened Company this week at @RWCMD with @RoyalWelshMAMTs in the beautiful @ShermanTheatre. Loved working at the best drama school, with the loveliest cast, @alexbeetschen & @GraceWarner. Gorgeous photos from @KMTPhotographer, designed by Debbie Duru; lighting Rachel Astall. pic.twitter.com/SRwHZlzVnC
— Rupert Hands (@Rupert_Hands) March 28, 2019
TK Hay has produced work both in the United Kingdom and abroad, most recently with his show-stopping design for The Hunchback of Notre Dame in the Richard Burton Theatre.
We look forward to seeing all their designs at the exhibition at the end of the year.