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OLIVER TWIST SET DESIGN

Designed for PS29, a public elementary school in Brooklyn, the Oliver Twist set was devised around an idea of prepositions. The set was to allow the actors to move aboard, about, above, across, around, behind, below, beside, between and through in as many ways as possible.  An abstraction of Big Ben  anchors the set with a backdrop of London Bridge and London townhouses in the foreground.  A small stage and small budget meant that the set design had to work in as many ways as possible to allow for a wide array of activities and settings to take place.  The reductive gray palette worked with the costume designs by Dutch designer  Helena Michailidis to ultimately abstract the gritty, oppressive conditions found in Dicken's London.

 

Photography by Sarma Ozols