Designer's Dreams and Doodles

Tom Piper

Tom Piper is the RSC's Olivier Award-winning Associate Designer. He is designing Iqbal Khan's production of Much Ado About Nothing for the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, and the Noel Coward Theatre, London next year.

Tom is also working alongside the team designing Shakespeare: Staging the World - The BP Exhibition at the British Museum as part of the World Shakespeare Festival.

Tom's blog will take us from his initial research, designs and ideas through to the opening of Much Ado About Nothing and the British Museum exhibition in July.

We have now opened...

August 16, 2012
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The tech and preview period has been so hectic that there hasn't been time to draw breath, let alone type!

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Rehearsals begin

July 3, 2012
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Everything suddenly going very fast with time racing away... here we are well into the second week of rehearsals, and 30 or so opinions are being brought to bear on the world I am trying to create as the cast and rest of the creative team start to focus on the play in earnest.

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Experiments with water

May 24, 2012
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Been out at our workshops looking at samples of floors and experimenting with water in a 'Boys Own' kind of way. I am hoping to create a magical water moment towards the end of the play.

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Costume design

March 29, 2012
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We have had Himani, the costume designer we met in Delhi, over for a week of meetings and costume research in reverse.

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'What is this made of?'

March 28, 2012
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Have to get something ready for next Tuesday when Pete Griffin (Production Manager) and Alan Bartlett (Head of Construction and Technical Design) are coming to look at the model.

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Producer's perspective

March 27, 2012
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RSC Producer Kevin Fitzmaurice offers his perspective on the recent research trip to India for Much Ado About Nothing...

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'If in doubt, back to the text...'

March 27, 2012
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Have had another trip to Stratford to check seating layouts and discuss how we can get the Indian costume designer over to work on the project

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Coming home

March 27, 2012
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On way back now and trying to take stock of it all after two more days of sensual bombardment. I hope what made this more than just cultural tourism was the huge range of people we meet from all strata of society.

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Theatre of Dreams

March 21, 2012
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Weird day of competing impressions: beginning in crowded active muslim tombs, throwing petals on the grave with more people than seems possible to fit into a 12' x 8' space and still have room for the shrine, then a beautiful but slightly uninvolving tourist experience at the carefully restored Tomb of Humayaun (does what is says on the tin).

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Wardrobe Malfunction

March 21, 2012
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Delhi hardcore! Into the old town and the most extraordinary bombardment of the senses.

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