SET + COSTUME DESIGN
director | Polly Graham
musical director & conductor | Alice Farnham
lighting | Katy Morrison
video | Will Duke
Welsh National Opera, Barry Memo 2016
Polly Graham’s inclusive, immersive, promenade-style staging, almost cinematic in its boldness. With the WNO orchestra on the actual stage so as to maximise every inch of the Barry Memo’s floor space and its balcony, too, the audience felt the frisson of connection with the action, breathing the singers’ air, moving in the slipstream of marching bands. Gabriella Slade’s design had stepped cubes, focusing on a central high point, with surfaces giving walls for slogans or for projected images, deeply sinister when each smaller cube had a single, spying, eye. Rectangular screens hanging lengthwise on either side of the stage offered video pictures as well as surtitles, adding further depth of focus.
Graham and her exceptional cast and creative team swept us into their visceral production in the round.
Wales Arts Review