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Paul Brown: A Community of Design

Talk, 9 May 14:00 – 17:00

Booking Details

Booking necessary, 120 places, £7, £5 concession
V&A
Cromwell Road
London
SW7 2RL

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The work and studio of globally-renowned set and costume designer Paul Brown are discussed by his design associates and collaborators, alongside a virtual-reality version of the studio created by filmmaker Jonathan Hamilton.

Explore the extraordinary world of grand opera design through his work. Paul’s designs included the original Royal Court production of Jim Cartwright’s Road, an astonishing set for The Tempest in a half-demolished Almeida Theatre and productions for Glyndebourne, Covent Garden, La Scala Milan, Tokyo, the Bregenz lake stage and Verona’s open-air arena.

Work for theatre and opera at this scale is only achievable collaboratively. Paul’s subterranean studio was home to a small community of exceptionally skilled assistant designers and model makers. Sadly, Paul died at only 57 years in 2017. During the talk, his design associates and collaborators share their skills, techniques and process, along with a virtual-reality version of the studio created by filmmaker Jonathan Hamilton. Introduced by designer/curator Kate Burnett, the talk examines the craft and vision involved in scaled set models, costume and technical drawings made in preparation for realisation on stages and screens worldwide.

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