Final Year student wins Nottingham Playhouse Prize

Theatre Design student Rachael Jacks has been awarded with the Nottingham Playhouse Prize.

Theatre Design student Rachael Jacks has been awarded with the Nottingham Playhouse Prize.

Over the last few years Nottingham Playhouse has worked with NTU's BA (Hons) Theatre Design students to create realised models for a wide selection of plays.

This year's task was to create a set design for the play 'Touched' by Nottingham writer Stephen Lowe. The final year students were asked to take into consideration a variety of locations, costume changes and the time period which is set around the World War. Rachael Jacks was presented with the Nottingham Playhouse Prize by Associate Director, Fiona Buffini.

Rachael said, "As part of my research for 'Touched' I spent time with my Great Grandmother who lived through WWI & WWII and is from Nottingham where this play is set. Her descriptions of washing hanging in the streets prompted my research. Through experimenting I discovered that the washing lines solved the multiple scene changes, by the way the cast could interact with them, and also could be used to show projections, such as Winston Churchill announcing victory in Europe day. I wanted my design to support and suggest to the audience to discover more about the themes of the play. I used the washing lines to suggest metaphorical symbols; they could reveal the truths about the story to the audience."

Fiona Buffini said, "Rachael’s work was outstanding, and we very much look forward to welcoming her to the Playhouse to work with our creative director, Giles Croft, on a forthcoming production of 'Forever Young'."

Rachael will start her work placement in early 2015 and will also be involved in a community based project.

Rachael said, "When I received my award I was quite overwhelmed! I'm really looking forward to working with the Nottingham Playhouse and seeing where that might take me."

Final Year student wins Nottingham Playhouse Prize

Published on 9 July 2014
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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