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How did you begin your relationship with directors Gregory Doran and Sean Holmes?
Designer Stephen Brimson-Lewis worked on both Gregory Doran's Antony and Cleopatra and Sean Holmes' Julius Caesar for the RSC simultaneously. In this video interview, he talks about working on both productions.
Interview by Suzanne Worthington, RSC Digital Media
Did you research Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra together or separately?
How did your research for Antony and Cleopatra inform your designs for Julius Caesar?
You are redesigning these shows for Michigan and London. How does this inform your designs?
Did you have an image which crystallised the plays for you?
How do you generate ideas? What process do you go through?
How long does it take you to design a play? Which aspects took the longest?
How did you work with the lighting designers?
You worked with Kandis Cook who designed the costumes. Who else did you collaborate with?
What input from a director is useful? And what's not useful?
In what format do you create your designs? How do you present them to the director and company?
Sometimes the setting of Shakespeare's plays is modernised. Did you consider this for Julius Caesar or Antony and Cleopatra?
How do you decide where to place a production on a scale from naturalism to abstraction?
Have you designed these plays before? How did you feel about tackling them?
What was the most difficult thing about working on Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra simultaneously?
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