Martin Morley

A Life in Theatre & Television Design

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I trained at the Somerset College of Art (1962-63) & the Wimbledon School of Art (1963-1966), after three years at Wynstones Steiner School. My first job was as Arts Council Design Assistant at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh.

From 1969-72 I was first assistant designer and then head of design at the Liverpool Playhouse, designing a wide range of plays from Shakespeare to Bond. There followed a lengthy period as resident designer for Cwmni Theatr Cymru (1973-84). With them I learnt the skills of designing touring productions for a wide range venues. The repertoire was mainly Welsh and ranged from contemporary writing to translations of European classics. It was a very stimulating period.

In 1984 I went freelance and also branched out into TV design which then dominated my output – notably ‘Hedd Wyn’ (BAFTA Cymru 1993 with Jane Roberts for Best Design) and a string of drama series for S4C. During this period I also designed several productions for Theatr Gwynedd, Bangor, including ‘Pwy Sy'n Sal ‘ (a Molière double bill) directed by Graham Laker and Firenza Guidi (exhibited in Time+Space), and ‘Dyn Hysbys’ (‘Faith Healer’) by Brian Friel directed by Sian Summers, (exhibited in Time+Space and the 1999 Prague Quadrennial), and in 1999, ‘Amadeus’ directed by Graham Laker. This was exhibited in the 2D>3D exhibition in Sheffield.

‘Hen Rebel was my first production for the Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, produced in 2005, (exhibited in Collaborators), followed in 2007 by ‘Cysgod y Cryman’ , both directed by Cefin Roberts.

My most recent design was for ‘Llyfr Mawr y Plant’ produced by Theatr Bara Caws and Theatr Gwynedd. The director was Tony Llewelyn. It was the final production to be mounted at Theatr Gwynedd in 2008


For more information about my background and influences go to my background page


Exhibitions

Society of British Theatre Designers  (SBTD) group exhibitions


Biography & blog


‘Designing Stages’ @ Galeri, Caernarfon

Year

Venue

Exhibition

1979

Riverside Studios,

Hammersmith, London

Contemporary British Stage Design

Irma la Douce & Michal

1983

The Round House,

Camden, London

British Theatre Design

 1979 -1983

Esther & Torri Gair

1999

RCA London

Time and Space


Pwy Sy’n Sal & Dyn Hysbys

1999

Industrial Palace, Prague

PQ99


Dyn Hysbys

2003

Millenium Galleries, Sheffield

2D>3D


Amadeus

2007

Waverly Building NTU

Nottingham

Collaborators


Hen Rebel

2009

Galeri, Caernarfon

Designing Stages

(Sole exhibition)

Designs done in Wales

2011

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

Transformation & Revelation

Llyfr Mawr y Plant

2017

Galeri 45 Bangor

Dressing the Stage

Joint exhibition with Louise Morgan

2017

Crochendy Bethesda Pottery

Paintings & drawings of Bethesda