STAGE & GRAPHIC DESIGN
CREDITORS at THE BURTON TAYLOR STUDIO
In 1907, August Strindberg established the Intima Theatre with a 6x6 metre stage, similar to the size of Oxford Playhouse's Burton Taylor Studio. This made the venue ideal 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 every day and reassembled before each performance, it consisted of a wall of flats with a door and window through which we created various naturalistic lighting effects.
The set and costume took their inspiration from the paintings of the Scandinavian artist Vilhelm Hammershøi. In these paintings it is possible to see the wood paneling and neutral palette used in this set, as well as the atmospheric effects created by period windows and doorways.
Creditors is not a particularly well-known play - the poster design evoked the multiple narrative layers of the work to interest new audiences.
DIRECTOR: Christopher White
PRODUCER: Isabel Ogilvie-Smith
DESIGNER: Nathan Stazicker
LIGHTING: Ed Saunders
"The simplicity of the production was its greatest asset, creating an electrifying menace in its unassuming presentation"