Final year student wins Nottingham Playhouse Prize

Theatre Design student Harriet Clarke has been awarded the Nottingham Playhouse Prize.

Theatre Design student Harriet Clarke has been awarded 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 annual competition offers our students the chance to design for a professional theatre company and develop relationships with directors and the other professional roles involved in a theatre production.

This year's task was to create a set design for the play Welcome to Thebes by Moira Buffini. The final year students were challenged to develop and grow their political and social consciousness, and to be not just designers but also "world citizens" and "agents for change". This resulted in a wide variety of responses that challenged not only the director and imagined cast but also the expectations of the audience.

Course Leader Andrea Moneta said: "This particular project has enabled our students to work on a real-life project, gaining invaluable experience. As part of the process they were briefed by the director and designers, who came into tutorials, while they also got the chance to see rehearsals and meet technicians."

"Our relationship with Nottingham Playhouse is long-standing, and the partnership offers a range of opportunities for our students, such as work placements for our Year Two students."

Winning the Nottingham Playhouse award is amazing and I'm really excited to start working with a professional team on such a large-scale production.

Harriet Clarke

Harriet Clarke was presented with her prize by associate director Fiona Buffini. As part of her prize, Harriet has secured the role of assistant designer at Nottingham Playhouse and will be working on the production of The Underground Man, directed by Andrew Breakwell.

Harriet told us: "Winning the Nottingham Playhouse award is amazing and I’m really excited to start working with a professional team on such a large-scale production – one which will be touring the UK. Studying Theatre Design at NTU has been a really enjoyable and life-changing experience. The tutors and technicians have been so supportive throughout my three years, and it has been great to share and gain new learning by studying alongside other young designers."

Fiona Buffini said: "We have a very exciting relationship with NTU; one which we feel very privileged to be part of. We get to see the students right at the start of their careers, and the progress and development that they make during their three years at NTU is astonishing."

The University would like to thank Nottingham Playhouse for their continued partnership with the Theatre Design course.

Final year student wins Nottingham Playhouse Prize

Published on 21 June 2016
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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