Theatre Design alumna designs new production of Pride and Prejudice at Nottingham Playhouse

2009 graduate Carla Goodman designed Sara Pascoe’s new comic adaptation of the Jane Austen classic

Actors on stage at Nottingham Playhouse
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Pride and Prejudice - Sep 2017 © Nottingham Playhouse

An alumna from the BA (Hons) Theatre Design course at Nottingham Trent University has designed the stage production of a new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice this year. Carla Goodman, who graduated from NTU back in 2009, has worked on the comic interpretation of the beloved Jane Austen novel, written by stand-up comedian Sara Pascoe.

The production, which had a successful run at Nottingham Playhouse this September, took a playful approach to the original content. Carla was part of an exciting creative team, which alongside Sara Pascoe included an original score by singer-songwriter Emmy The Great, and director Susannah Tresilian, the mind behind the acclaimed 2015 production Posh.

Carla has been working on successful projects ever since she graduated. She started her career at The Unicorn Theatre in London, following a work experience placement with them in her second year. Next up for Carla is a new play called Wolves are Coming for You which she is working on with Pentabus Theatre, then she will be heading back to the studio to design a show for Stratford East, as well as a new version of The Nutcracker in time for Christmas.

Carla Goodman in her studio
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Carla Goodman in her studio

Carla praised the Theatre Design course and the creative cohort it engenders: “Put simply, I learnt how to design a play”, she said. “The course taught me to be self-motivated and improved my confidence when presenting concepts and designs. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some brilliant designers who have also graduated from this course, including Giles Cadle, Robert Innes Hopkins, Joanna Scotcher and Sam Wyer.”

She continued: “The course gave me a process to follow from approaching the text and forming initial ideas to fine tuning the design. I think it has a great balance of teaching you practical skills and encouraging you to think analytically and explain concepts clearly."

Carla continues to aim high when considering future work: “There are so many places I’d love to work; The Donmar, The Watermill, The Royal Exchange to name but a few! I’ve had a brilliant time at Nottingham Playhouse, they have a very dedicated team with extremely high standards, so I’d love to go back there. I’m also very keen to work on more operas as I find the scope for bold design alongside beautiful music is so exciting”, she said.

Find out more about Carla’s work by visiting her website.

Theatre Design alumna designs new production of Pride and Prejudice at Nottingham Playhouse

Published on 16 October 2017
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: Culture; School of Art & Design

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