Wedding invitation design commission for a colourful midsummer nights dream inspired wedding in rural Spain. 

Costume designs for Bolero

I’ve been updating my online portfolio - an exercise in procrastination when I have other work to be getting on with! Find it at the link at the top if you want to take a peek.

Model for Bolero set showing a more neutral take on the costume design. Also - the red chairs - similar to those used in the Bosnian war commemoration ‘The Red Line’ - 11541 red plastic chairs which lined a main street in Sarajevo as a memorial to that number of people who were killed in the city during the war.

Early model exploring the possibilities of the Bolero set

Early designs and mood board for Bolero: 

An assassin raises his gun. A conductor raises his baton. A piece of music that lasts 17 minutes has begun.

In 1928, Maurice Ravel wrote Bolero in Paris. In 1984, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean danced to it at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. Eight years later the stadium where they won gold was bombed. Seats were made into coffins. The ice of the rink replaced by the ice of the morgue. Roses on ice replaced by roses on war graves.

Working with the music as a bridge between these two stories, Nottingham writer and theatre maker Michael Pinchbeck takes a journey from Paris to Sarajevo, from 1914 to 1994, from the First World War to the Bosnian War. Six performers from the UK, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Germany and a local community cast weave together a devised biography of Bolero.

This extraordinary trilingual performance follows the journey of the bullet that started the First World War and finds its ricochets in the rhythm of the music that defined the most famous Olympic ice dance routine of all time.

Bolero is a Making Tracks project developed by Theatre Writing Partnership. Supported by Arts Council England, the British Council in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Sarajevo War Theatre, ODA Theatre (Pristina), Nottingham Playhouse and Primary.

‘Michael Pinchbeck is a terrific theatremaker’ – The Guardian

Tour Dates

Saturday 31 May / Sunday 1 June 2014 7.30pm – Nottingham Playhouse

Saturday 28 June / Sunday 29 June 2014 7.30pm – Sarajevo War Theatre

Early example of the animation I will be creating for the projections of The Second Minute

My 1:25 scale model for The Second Minute - a Nottingham Playhouse rural touring production commemorating WW1.

Costume designs for The Second Minute. Written by Andy Barrett. Directed by Giles Croft. A Nottingham Playhouse production to be toured around rural venues in Nottinghamshire.

Scenery I designed, built and painted for Duck Egg Theatre’s youth production of Little Shop of Horrors

Scenic flats I designed, built and painted for Duck Egg Theatre’s youth production of Into The Woods. 

Fox headdress and tail I made for the Liverpool University Players production of The Canterbury Tales

Chicken headdresses and wings I have made for Liverpool University Players upcoming production of The Canterbury tales

Lap dog puppet I’ve loved making for Liverpool University Players production of The Canterbury Tales

Based on lap dogs featured in medieval portraits

New lion marionettes - lovely chaps with great movement!