Lunchtime Talk
Fri 1 Feb 2019 13:00

New Models: Design for Performance

For this talk we are joined by two members of the Bristol Design Assembly, set and costume designers Rebecca Wood and Max Dorey. They will be discussing how they work as designers in theatre.

Photo by Rebecca Jane Wood, Model Box Development for Fel Anifail at Sherman Theatre


Max Dorey

Max Dorey is a multi award nominated theatre designer who works across the UK. His designs have earned Off West End award nominations for ‘Best Set Design’ nine times, including Finalist for his design for ‘Talk Radio’ in 2018, and most recently for his design for “Chasing Bono” at Soho Theatre. In 2016 he was nominated for ‘Best Set Design’ in the Prestigious UK Theatre Awards for his design for ‘And Then Come The Nightjars’, alongside Lez Brotherston and Robert Jones.

Rebecca Wood

Rebecca is a freelance designer for performance; she is Cornish born, living in Bristol but enjoys working around the country. As a designer she has worked with exciting new writing and cross genre forms; most recently working in collaboration with Paper Birds Goldfish Bowl which featured Young Person Poet Laureate Caleb Femi, Royal Academy Illustrator Olivia Twist and music producer/artist Alexis Adimora. As a maker she has worked for companies including Punchdrunk and Bristol Old Vic.

For this special lunch time talk, supported by Bristol Old Vic's Ferment, Rebecca and Max, will touch on the hisory of theatre design and reflect on their processes when approaching work and explore how it could work differently in the future.

Rebecca and Max are both members of Bristol Design Assembly, a group of South West based set and costume designers who meet monthly to discuss their practice, the industry and support each other. In this, their first public talk, they want to celebrate the pioneering nature of design, and question the line it treads between facilitation, collaboration and artistry

Bristol Old Vic’s Ferment centres on artist development by representing a vibrant community of theatre-makers from Bristol and the South West that they support to develop exciting and adventurous new work. Ferment Fortnight is currently on, check out the programme here

This Lunchtime Talk is part of Open Studio Friday, which takes place at the Studio every week.

Do you want to find out what is going on at the Pervasive Media Studio? Are you interested in meeting our residents, talking about a specific project or curious about pervasive media? Why not pack a sandwich and join us for one of our Lunchtime Talks and Open Studio Friday. Lunchtime Talks are informal presentations by Studio residents and associates. They normally take place at 1pm on Friday, are free and open to everybody who’s interested in what we do. After the Talk, we also invite you to stay with us for the afternoon to continue the conversation or work on your own projects. We provide chairs, tables, wireless and a great space. You bring what you need to work with (laptop/mobile). Our open afternoons close at 5pm. Let us know if you’d like a tour of the space and we'll be happy to show you around just before the talk. Send an email to: to book your place on a tour.

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