Monday, 23 March 2015

Student Designer, Ana Maio, from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama recounts her time on Citizen Puppet...

What was your role on Citizen Puppet?
I was the set and costume designer

What is your design process that you follow?
The design process always changes according to the nature of the project. In this case, it was highly devised which meant the process didn't necessarily follow a linear path. It had a starting point and then several parallel choices that we could take and explore. A lot of it was experimentation and fun whilst keeping in mind the bigger questions like; Where are we? What time is it? Who are the characters? Why are we doing this? 

What were your most enjoyable moments of the process?
The first time I saw the 'Title Sequence' during the tech rehearsals, when the puppets appear. It was a real introduction and realisation of the place and the characters

What were the most challenging moments?
Keeping hold of everything we had discovered in connection to the main goal, whilst still experimenting and developing the piece was very challenging. 

Who is your favourite puppet in the show?
The Polish brothers, Howie and Louie. They are just delightful.

What is your favourite thing about the show?
The characters are amazing! And the puppets just look great.

What are you working on next?
I'm currently designing a project about memory to present in my course's final exhibition at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in the end of April.

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