‘Spooky Action at a Distance is a bold examination of the growing violence in the world right now: on our doorsteps, online, on the continent and around the world. It’s about the building of borders and barriers and barricades. And the desire to control what seems like an increasingly uncontrollable new world order’ Elayce Ismail, Director.
Spooky Action at a Distance was set in and around and anti-refugee protest that took place in Dover, January 2016.
In response to the setting and central themes in the play of borders and barriers I explored imagery of fencing, windows and the sea. This eventually brought both the set and costume design into an abandoned sea scape world.
All props on the stage were items that had been washed up, the floor was a textured sandy floor cloth and other pieces of set reminiscent of gabions, cages used to build sea defence walls. Actors were dressed both ready for beach weather and perhaps to join a protest.
The stage space was extremely small and the script often changing so the moveable cages allowed easy transition into different settings whilst also providing performing levels.
SPOOKY ACTION AT A DISTANCE
New piece of writing by Eve Leigh
Commissioned by the Royal Court as Part of NEW Season 2017
Director | Elayce Ismail
Lighting Designer | Rachel Murray
Sound Designer | Ewan Foster
Venues | Richard Burton Theatre, Cardiff
The Gate Theatre, London
Set | Costume Designer
DESIGN + PRODUCTION PROCESS