SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
"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"
THE OXFORD STUDENT 02 / 11 / 15
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-conscious performance was highlighted in this production which made no attempt to hide the fact that it was a glossy musical.
To this end, the set was not designed to accurately recreate Hollywood studios, but to evoke the style and glamour of the twenties. The design was an abstract interpretation of Art Deco style, making extensive use of concealed LEDs to change the colour of the set 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.