Playing with Scale:
How Designers Use Set Models
Olivier Theatre, Wolfson Gallery, London
– 23 March 2019
The free exhibition “Playing with Scale: How Designers Use Set Models” puts five stage design models and their connection to the architecturally controversial building of the National Theatre by architect Denys Lasdun on a multimedia stage.
The exhibition presents five stage sets that are based on the Jocelyn Herbert Archive, which was located at Wimbledon College of Arts before moving to the National Theatre Archive in 2014 and is being researched by, amongst others, exhibition curator Eleanor Margolies. Beginning in the 1970s, the exhibition also focuses on two current productions from 2018 by stage designers Anthony Ward (“Exit the King”) and Hildegard Bechtler (“Antony & Cleopatra”). Jocelyn Herbert (1917–2003) is a stage designer known for her laconic, but also atmospherically dense style. According to Eleanor Margolies, another focus of the exhibition stage is how the sets are examples of an “exquisite miniature world” that can serve as a starting point for a creative and democratic exchange between the various actors and trades involved in the preliminary rehearsal process. The exhibits include built models as well as first sketch attempts and everything up to and including 3D models.
The supporting programme includes discussions with the curator and events on, for example, the use of VR technology in stage design.