Developing The Design For The Old Vic

e.Ketteringham_Old_Vic_concept sketch

mock uo2b

My design for the Bristol Old Vic went through several changes before it got to the final design you can now see in the theatre.  Above is the initial design, inspired by Peter Blake’s cover for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which I submitted and that got chosen by the panel.

E.Ketteringham_Old_Vic_cut_outs2 E.Ketteringham_Old_Vic_cut_outs1

This is my second main design.  After lots of research to find enough appropriate images, I then spent a long time arranging the figures so that I felt they all told a story in relation to each other, as well as creating a visually pleasing along the walls.

E.Ketteringham_Old_Vic_early_upper_circle

E.Ketteringham_Old_Vic_early_dress_circle

E.Ketteringham_Old_Vic_early_dress_circle_detail

It was then decided to extend the design to have it on the three walls, rather than just two, and to incorporate the red that had been used in other areas of the foyer.  This gave me an opportunity to include more of the text based posters.  Below is the final design, but as the figures and speech were collaged onto the walls, it meant I still had some leeway to play with final placements as I installed the work.

Print

I am extremely happy with my final three walls. I like the way you catch glimpses of the design from the foyer and café, and how it changes with the different light of the day. I am especially pleased with my chatty, misbehaving audience up in the gallery. It has been lovely to watch people exploring the piece, and laughing as they spot details in the playbills, or read one of the quotes.