Last night our wonderful designer Nancy Surman unveiled her design for the show (the photograph above shows the space at MAC). As Nancy unwrapped each toilet paper bundle (!) a variety of 1:25 scale beautifully made model chairs, props and even a bicycle were revealed. Nancy has always been good at model making – we trained together in the 1980’s  (Theatre Design at Trent Polytechnic) and she never failed to astonish with her precision making skills.

Nancy then went on to educate us all about the specific characteristics of 1980’s Russian furniture which led into a long and detailed discussion about the difference between Ukrainian and Russian children’s academic science books.

I think it is fair to say that Nancy (Designer), Mark (Director), Joff (Puppetry), Dave (Lighting/Sound) and myself all learnt a lot from each other last night. Including the little known fact that chrysotile asbestos fibres were used as snow in the 1939 film version of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and some other well known movies…

It’s one of the things that I love the most about writing a new play – I never know what I’m going to learn next.



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