Martin Morley

A Life in Theatre & Television Design

Web site created by Martin Morley using Serif WebPlus X8 Updated: March 2016

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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 -2010.

I have now added a new page: ‘Background’. where I will try to describe my background in greater depth and how it influenced to way I approached my work and trace the way I came into this profession almost by chance.

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.

On the technical side I started using CAD in my work a few years ago. To begin with it was just for 2D working drawings. Later I supplemented a physical model with CAD models and am at present (now that I have spare time) re-constructing some past productions, e.g. ’O Law I Law’. I have now added ‘Hedda Gabler’ from a 1981 Theatr Cymru production and ‘Bedlam’, a Hwyl a Fflag production by Gruff Jones from the 1980s

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’





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From Theatr Gwynedd 1973 - 2008 to Pontio, opened December 2015

A few of the many productions


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Two community dramas


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‘Y Fordaith Fawr’ and ‘Plentyn y Byd’


 




































































Lyceum, Edinburgh


Lyceum, Edinburgh

Opera House, Harrogate


Liverpool Playhouse


Theatr Cymru


Hwyl a Fflag


Theatr Gwynedd


Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru


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.




Where I am now CAD models

CAD models

Harrogate Liverpool Playhouse Theatr Cymru Hwyl a Fflag and after Theatr Gwynedd Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru Television

Television

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