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Gair am Air

My Role:

Set and Costume Designer

Realized production working with the Welsh Young Actor's group at RWCMD.

Context:  The play follows 4 characters Sisters Sal, Mali, and their two friends Kate and Dyfrig on the last day of Year 6 when the Summer holidays begin and it will be their last time together as a group. That night they dare each other to break into the abandoned scary house at the end of the street unbeknownst to them that someone lives there. The old man REG takes a tumble and they run away fearing it was their fault. We see how they cope with the fear and how they react to each other.

Vision:   When developing the show I wanted to create a diverse fun colourful space where children's imaginations run wild. Hence the use of cardboard boxes, as they are one of the most common items of play that displays childrens's imaginations, where a box can be anything from a car, or castle to space ship.

Creative Team 

Original play by Tim Baker adapted by Tonya Smith

 

Director: Tonya Smith 

Assistant Director: Kellie-Gwen Morgan

Movement Director: Karol Cysweski

Lighting designer: Aron Jones

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SHOW PHOTOS

"Amy was an utter joy, and so amenable and accommodating. Her design fitted the brief perfectly and really enhanced the show. She brought a playful and colourful world to life through using cardboard which suited the make-believe nature of it all and her costumes and colour palette were just lovely in this kids' world."

- Tonya Smith,DIirector

Initial Response

Colour and cardboard boxes were my initial response drawings to reading the script. Image 1 is an initial response drawing collage I created on ProCreate. Followed by further picture-based research and script breakdown.

In response to the director's brief and the script, I explored storage methods that fit the world such as childrens' dress-up boxes.  

Design Development

Using, Sketchup, procreate, photoshop and modelling I developed the set design. To a diverse colourful space with a playful atmosphere. 

Final Design

Using Photoshop and my final model I created these 2 edits to convey the final design. Where I created a fun, colourful energetic playground with a cohesive aesthetic to the Directors' brief and the demand of the show. Additionally being a more environmentally friendly set as the use of recycled cardboard increases the life of the cardboard which is 100% recyclable following the show. ( Following the show they were used in a cardboard baroque grotto set design and for RWCMD Puppetry 2023)

Costume research and moodboards 

The high-energy play demanded fun exciting summer clothes. The aim of the costumes was to avoid purchasing costumes and reuse clothes and costumes to reduce the environmental impact of a singular show. Below is an example of a letter I distributed to the children and parents with clear mood boards, colour pallets and guidance. Using costumes from past shows at the RWCMD and clothes brought in by the children. I styled costumes based on character and script analysis unique to each individual.

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