Bunny Christie doesn’t design stage sets. She creates worlds. Audaciously theatrical and frequently startling, her creations pull spectators headlong into the universe of a play – whether through the disorienting aperture of The Red Barn or the vintage newsroom pile-up in Ink. Christie often places us inside a protagonist’s head – she designs psychology as well as space, most notably for the singular hero of The Curious Incident, which won her one of her three Olivier awards. She relishes how design unites the entire production. “Designers are often a conduit from the rehearsal room to the rest of the team,” she says. “We’re with the director from the moment of starting the show, but also go into the wardrobe, prop shop and stage management. You share the thinking. It’s really important.” Christie won Olivier and Tony awards for designing Simon Stephens’ play, based on Mark Haddon’s novel about Christopher Boone, a teenager who has a condition similar to Asperger syndrome. It was directed by Marianne Elliott at the National Theatre, London, in 2013 and continues to tour. “I spent a long period with just Marianne and the model, cooking up the show. You’re making a language. Marianne is so thorough:… Read full this story
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