A Life in Theatre & Television Design
Web site created by Martin Morley using Serif WebPlus X8 Updated:January 2017
Where possible I have given photo credits. For those I have over looked I hope I have not given offence. Most of the rehearsal photos are my own taken with a simple point and shoot camera.
Rather than being an advertisement for employment the aim of this site is to give a snapshot of a fairly typical career of a designer trained in the 1960's, through images, lists and comments. There is also a blog, on the biography page: a place for random thoughts and other musings.
I have been very lucky, having been able to make a living working in both theatre and television, a job I loved between 1966 -
I have now added a new page: ‘Pre-
CAD models, has been added, or click on the Theatre tab and scroll down.
Stage design, by its nature dates very quickly, leaving behind nothing but memories and rather too much waste material and on this site I have tried to assemble what remains: the sketches and photos in an attempt to give a flavour of my work. My style fell into the mainstream, by this I mean designs done for established companies and I always tried to be true to the text: the visual side illuminating: not dominating. I stay engaged with contemporary design despite being geographically remote by seeing as much as possible and being a member of the SBTD committee.
There is less television work on the site, in spite of the fact that in the last two decades it dominated my output. By its nature the preparation work is more to do with lists and notes and less about models and drawings and therefore less suited to public display. There is however a section on two of the more spectacular productions I have been involved in: namely ‘Hedd Wyn’ and ‘Jeux Sans Frontieres’
Lastly, I have had a couple of small exhibitions locally, recently. The first a retrospective of theatre work done for the Welsh theatre companies I have worked for since moving here in 1973 at Galeri 45 in Bangor. This was followed by one at Crochendy Bethesda Pottery of my paintings and drawings of Bethesda.
From Theatr Gwynedd 1973 -
A few of the many productions
Throughout the site there are extracts from ‘Musings of a Jobbing Designer’ a series of articles I wrote, first published on the Scenography website and then in the SBTD magazine Blue pages. The complete texts can be read if you click on the Biography tab and scroll down.
In 1973 I had the privilege of designing the set for Ken Dodd’s mammoth one man show ‘Ha Ha’ at the Liverpool Playhouse. I have little memory of the process but I remember being awestruck by his ability to hold the audience in the palm of his hand with an un ending string of jokes for about 3 hours nightly.
|Pre college years|
|Wimbledon School of Art & Richard Negri|
|Musing of a Jobbing Designer|
|Musing of a Jobbing designer 2|
|Musing of a Jobbing Designer 3|
|Musings of a Jobbing Designer 4|
|Where I am now|
|Hwyl a Fflag and after|
|Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru|
|Reviews Liverpool Playhouse|
|Theatr Cymru playlist|
|Theatr Gwynedd playlist|
|Jeus Sans Frontiers|