BY AUGUST STRINDBERG
BURTON TAYLOR STUDIO,
"The simplicity of the production was its greatest asset, creating an electrifying menace in its unassuming presentation"
OXFORD CULTURE REVIEW
07 / 05/ 15
In 1907, Strindberg established the Intima Theatre with a 6x6 metre stage, similar to the size of the Burton Taylor Studio. This made the venue idea for this production, which made use of thrust staging, with the audience on three sides.
In order to accompany the naturalistic performance, the set suggested a realistic environment within which the characters appeared to be at home. As the set had to taken down and reassembled before each performance, it consisted of a wall of flats with a door and window through which to create various naturalistic lighting effects.
The set and costume took their inspiration from the paintings of the Scandinavian artist Vilhelm Hammershoi. In these paintings it is possible to see the wood panelling and mneutral palette appropriated in this set as well as the atmospheric effects created by period windows and doorways. The stark furniture and artists’ materials in several of the paintings also accurately sum up the aesthetic vision for the set dressing.