On deciding our project for the Arcola Theatres’ 15th Anniversary, our group chose to take inspiration from the previous theatrical pieces that have been performed at the theatre. Upon careful consideration, we decided to focus mainly on the Arcola Theatre’s 2015 adaption of Shakespeare’s Midsummers Night Dream.
Inspired by the dark dreamy forest that is the setting of the play, our group has collectively designed a chandelier made of natural materials that will transform the surrounding room into a scenic forest through a casting of shadows. Taking into account that the Arcola’s mission is to be environmentally sound, our chandelier will be constructed almost entirely of materials collected from the wilderness such as twigs, plants and foliage to indicate a silent nod to Green Arcola and the revolutionary environmental activism that they have propelled.
Our intention is that our final piece will not only act to engage an audience through its organic beauty but will also be able to manipulate the lighting of the room to create a truly theatrical and magical ambiance.
Scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Titania and Bottom
Edwin Landseer, (1851), Scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Titania and Bottom [ONLINE]. Available at: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/explore/collection/work/4118/ [Accessed 08 March 16].