Agendas, Agendas, Agendas at the V&A
Exploring Craft and Authenticity in Scenography
Jenny Tiramani, Bill Mitchell and Sophie Jump
Chaired by Hilary Baxter / Kate Burnett
Friday 14th March 6.45 – 8.45 pm
This is the second of a series of Agendas events, organised by Wimbledon College of Art in association with Nottingham Trent University, the Society of British Theatre Designers and the V&A. They provide opportunities to debate research issues and questions underpinning the practice of theatre design and including contexts, collaborative relationships and exhibiting this discipline.
The three presentations in this event explore the notion of designer as craftsperson engaged with the authenticity of their material, working with ‘œreal’ or original life histories, manufacturing methods and skills, places and artefacts Ã¢â‚¬” and most importantly Ã¢â‚¬” people in other communities, crafts and professions.
Jenny has worked as a Costume and Stage Designer since 1977. She was Associate Designer at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East 1979-1997, Director of Theatre Design at Shakespeare’s Globe 1997-2005 and is presently Resident Designer of Mark Rylance’s Phoebus Cart Theatre CompanyJenny has received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Costume Design Ã¢â‚¬” Twelfth Night at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2003 and the Sam Wanamaker Award for contribution to Shakespeare in Performance Ã¢â‚¬” co-recipient with Mark Rylance and Claire van Kampen, 2007
As a Dress Historian, publications include Patterns of Fashion Volume 4, on linens c.1540-1660 by the late Janet Arnold (in preparation), Janet Arnold and the Globe Wardrobe COSTUME No. 34, 2000 and The Sanders Portrait COSTUME No. 39, 2005.. Jenny is a member of the Early Modern Dress and Textiles Network Ã¢â‚¬” a two-year research project at Queen Mary’s College, University of London funded by the AHRC.
Since its opening in 2000, the permanent Shakespeare’s Globe exhibition, has featured 6 complete costumes designed by Jenny Tiramani and worn in Shakespeare productions at the Globe. Two complete costumes from the 2005 Globe productions The Winter’s Tale and Measure for Measure are currently displayed in the COLLABORATORS Exhibition at the V&A. Jenny is currently creating an exhibition for the Collaborators Temporary Space which will open in July 2008.
Bill has worked as director /designer with Perspectives, Theatre Centre in London, Roundabout Young Peoples Theatre, Walk the Plank and the Young Vic Theatre in London. As a freelance designer he has worked with many theatre companies including Avon Touring, Theatre Foundry, Birmingham Rep, Soho Poly, the Royal National Theatre, The Donmar Theatre, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and with The Shaman Company in Budapest
In 1988 Bill moved to Cornwall and became a member of the Kneehigh team. For Kneehigh he devised and directed many productions including ‘œShip of Fools’, ‘œCarmen’ and ‘œArabian NightsÃ¢â‚¬ He has also designed most of their shows since ‘Tregeagle’ in 1989. Recent design projects include, ‘The Red Shoes’, ‘œThe Bacchae’, ‘Tristan & Yseult’ ‘œNights at the Circus’ and ‘œA Matter Of Life And Death ‘œ all directed by Emma Rice, From 1995 until 2005 he was Artistic Director of Kneehigh Theatre. His work has been seen in Europe, USA, China, Syria, Australia and New Zealand.
Over the last 10 years he has created many large site-specific and landscape theatre projects including ‘œGhost Nets’,’ Hells Mouth’ and ‘A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings. Inspired by a Gabriel Garcia Marquez short story, this last production was performed to great acclaim in Malta (2003), Cyprus (2004) and Hayle, Cornwall (2005). In 2005 Bill created his own company WILDWORKS to explore a theatre involving place and the people who belong to it as a vital part of the production. The latest journey ‘œSouterrain’ has been received to great acclaim in seven different residencies, in France and the UK. Bill’s exhibition Ã¢â‚¬” Wildworks Ã¢â‚¬” will open in the Collaborators temporary Space on 9 April. For more details see the website atwww.wildworks.biz
Sophie works in both theatre and dance and is a founder member and Associate Director of seven sisters group. The company has become well known for its site-specific work and has toured nationally and internationally. A Director of the Society of British Theatre Designers, she is co-editor and designer of the SBTD Blue Pages newsletter. Sophie’s work has been shown in the time+space, 2D>3D and Collaborators SBTD national and touring exhibitions and was selected to represent Britain at the Prague Quadrennial 1999, 2003 and 2007 international exhibitions of theatre design. Sophie is currently writing a book about the London Theatre Studio and Old Vic School. She
has curated an exhibition, When Marcel Met Motley, about the collaboration between Marcel Breuer and the theatre design team Motley in the 1930s, that originated in the Chelsea Arts Space and is scheduled to be shown in the Collaborators temporary exhibition space in autumn 2008.
Educated at Central Saint.Martins College of Art and Design. she is a Practitioner/Researcher in Costume Design with considerable experience of set and costume for Theatre. Hilary Is Pathway Leader in Costume Design and Costume Interpretation at Wimbledon College of Art.
Kate is a Theatre Designer and Educator, Honorary Secretary to The SBTD (Society of British Theatre Designers) and Reader in Theatre Design at Nottingham Trent University. She is project director and curator of the Collaborators: UK Design for Performance national exhibition project.
To attend this event please book your place by contacting Claire Foss in the Research Centre on 0207 514 9706