set + costume design
director | Yvonne Murphy
choreography | Paul Davis
lighting | Elanor Higgins
sound | Tic Ashfield
photography | Kirsten McTernan
Wales Millennium Centre Roof Void 2016
"Gabriella Slade's stripped-back set gives the production a timeless quality, enhancing the play's overt nods to contemporary conflict."
"The evening begins with us being led by WMC staff up various staircases and (excitingly) through doors marked “No Unauthorised Access”, to the performance area, which resembles a hellish factory floor. The bleak industrial set is dressed by Gabriella Slade, as are the performers—in beautifully stylised fatigues, with either red or white armbands; and the ambience is enhanced by Tic Ashfield’s spine-chilling sound design. It is made clear from the beginning that, rather than an attempt at a naturalistic production, this is about eight performers spinning a cautionary tale, with bloodshed symbolised by red confetti, dead bodies by piles of discarded clothing, and noticeably ramshackle crowns."
(British Theatre Guide)
"Henry VI is performed in promenade around the Wales Millennium Centre's roof void, which has been transformed by designer, Gabriella Slade, into a suitably intruiging yet bleak backdrop with a cold, industrial feel. Her costume designs also reflect this and, although it is a complete break from tradition, it really works."
(The Public Reviews)
"We get to the space and the set (Gabriella Slade) is reminiscent of a post apocalyptic cold war. Think foil clad air-conditioning ducts; think big industrial fans; think scaffolding, lots of scaffolding. The costumes reinforce this cold futuristic feeling; I felt I had stumbled on to a Doctor Who film set. It was awesome."
(Arts Scene In Wales)