SINGIN' IN THE RAIN at OXFORD PLAYHOUSE
Based on the classic 1952 film of the same name, Singin' in the Rain portrays the glamour of Hollywood at the end of the silent movie era. This self-consciousness was highlighted in this production, which made no attempt to hide the fact that it was a glossy old school musical.
To this end, the set was not designed to accurately recreate Hollywood studios, but to evoke the style and glamour of the roaring twenties. The design was inspired by Art Deco architecture, making extensive use of concealed LEDs to change the colour of the flats and pay homage to the concealed lighting effects used in early cinema design.
The main feature of the set were the central illuminated double doors which slid open to variously reveal the studio lot, the cinema entrance and the film screen itself. Complementing these were large illuminated fans in the wings and movable trucks which could configured either as decorative pieces of scenery or as auditorium seats for the cinema.
Colour was extremely important to this design, and was achieved through the use of a cyclorama and concealed LED strips which could be coordinated with music and reconfigured for different scenes. This emphasis on colour through lighting mirrored the importance of light in the production and display of films. An illuminated ‘theater’ sign and mirror frame, flown in to create a cinema entrance and dressing room respectively, further emphasised this theme.
DIRECTOR: Naomi Morris Omori
PRODUCER: Emily Lunnon
DESIGNER: Nathan Stazicker
LIGHTING: Katrin Padel
COSTUMES: Lily O'Hara
"The incredibly designed set maintains the perfect balance between real and imaginary. The subtle colours and LED lights contrast perfectly with the stark colouring in the costumes"