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Scenic design - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Scenic design (also known as scenography, stage design, set design or production design) is the creation of theatrical, as well as film or television scenery. Scenic designers have traditionally come from a variety of artistic backgrounds, but nowadays, generally speaking, they are trained professionals, often self taught with a M.F.A. degrees in theatre arts. One of the most difficult challenges in creating a scenic design is helping your audience to visualize and experience feelings that can trigger memories toward a particular setting. The beauty of a scenic design can produce the most unforgettable memories of life. Scenic art should provide an experience that engages your heart and mind. It takes you to a person, place or thing that can cause us to value it.



A designer looks at the details searching for evidence through research to produce conceptual ideas that’s best toward supporting the content and values with visual elements. The subject of, “How do we generate creative ideas?” is a very legitimate question. The most consuming part of expanding our horizons toward scenic concepts is much more than witnessing God’s creativity, and creative people. It starts with us opening our mind to the possibilities. To have an attitude toward learning, seeking, and engaging in creativity and to be willing to be adventurous, inquisitive and curious. Our imagination is highly visual. Whether outside or inside, colorful trees or concerts, star lit skies or the architecture of a great building, scenic design is a process of discovery. Discovering what will best clarify and support the story being told.

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scenic design also referred to as set-design. Wikipedia overview.

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UMS 2012-2013 Trailer: Théâtre de la Ville: Ionesco's Rhinocéros | Oct 11-13, 2012

Learn more: http://ums.org/performances/ionescos-rhinoceros
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Trailer for the upcoming production of Rhinoceros at the Barbican
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Rhinoceros (play) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Rhinoceros (French original title Rhinocéros) is a play by Eugène Ionesco, written in 1959. The play belongs to the school of drama known as the Theatre of the Absurd. Over the course of three acts, the inhabitants of a small, provincial French town turn into rhinoceroses; ultimately the only human who does not succumb to this mass metamorphosis is the central character, Bérenger, a flustered everyman figure who is often criticized throughout the play for his drinking and tardiness. The play is often read as a response and criticism to the sudden upsurge of Communism, Fascism and Nazism during the events preceding World War II, and explores the themes of conformity, culture, mass movements, philosophy and morality.

The play starts in the town square of a small, unnamed French village. Two friends; the eloquent, intellectual but incredibly prideful Jean and the simplistic, shy, kind-hearted drunkard Berenger; meet up in a coffee house to talk about an unspecified urgent matter. Instead of talking about what they were supposed to, Jean becomes furious at Berenger's tardiness and drunken state and berates him until a rhinoceros rampages across the square, considerably startling the people there. The people there begin to discuss what has happened when another rhinoceros appears and crushes a woman's cat. This generates incredible outrage and people begin to band together to argue that the presence of these rhinos should not be allowed. The beginning of a mass movement is seen onstage.

Berenger arrives late for work at the local newspaper office, but the newspaper's receptionist Daisy (with whom Berenger is in love), covers for him. At the office, an argument has broken out between the sensitive and logical Dudard and the violent, temperamental Botard; since Botard does not believe a rhinoceros could actually appear in France despite all the claims by eyewitnesses that one did.

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Summary of the play and overview of productions.
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The Lieutenant of Inishmore - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Lieutenant of Inishmore is a black comedy by playwright Martin McDonagh,[1] first produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in London in 2001.

It's the early 1990s, the Northern ­Ireland peace process is taking its faltering first steps, and INLA man Mad Padraic is hard at work pulling out the toenails of ­Belfast drug pusher James, when the news comes through that his beloved cat, Wee Thomas, is poorly. So instead of slicing off James's right nipple, as planned, he heads back home to the island of Inishmore. But when he ­arrives at the family home, he discovers that Wee Thomas isn't sick, but has had his brains squeezed out like toothpaste. Padraic, a man considered too mad for the IRA and sorely trying the ­patience of his INLA comrades, is intent on ­revenge, even if that means wiping out his own father. Just as he's about to put a ­bullet through Dad's head, there's an ­unexpected knock at the door. The plot is set in 1993 on the island of Inishmore, County Galway, Ireland.[2]

Donny's House. Davey, a pudgy, long-haired teenager, has brought his middle-aged neighbor Donny the corpse of Donny's cat, Wee Thomas, which he has found lying in the road. The cat has been badly mangled; its brains fall out as they examine it. Donny accuses Davey of running it over with his mother's bicycle, which Davey vehemently denies. Donny reveals, to Davey's horror, that Wee Thomas did not belong to him but to his son, Padraic. The cat had been his only friend for fifteen years. Davey pleads with Donny to not involve him, as Padraic, a Lieutenant in the INLA, has an insanely violent temper. (He was thrown out of the IRA for "being too mad.") Donny agrees to keep it secret, but only if Davey admits he killed the cat. Davey half-heartedly confesses to, although only due to Donny's insistence. Donny then plans to call Padraic, who is working in Northern Ireland blowing up Chip Shops, to tell him that Wee Thomas is sick. Davey does not understand the purpose of the call, so Donny explains that he is letting his son down easy, planning to tell him later that the cat died. Davey agrees and leaves as Donny begins to phone Padraic.

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Background information to 'The Lieutenant from Inishmore' - and a synosis of the whole play.

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Interview: Simon Stephens talks on his new play Three Kingdoms

Interview: Simon Stephens talks on his new play Three Kingdoms | Btec Performance Research | Scoop.it
Simon Stephens’ plays have always offered a bleak reflection of the world, but now they seem to have an eerie prescience. The schoolroom massacre in 2009’s Punk Rock arguably foreshadowed the mass murder spree of Anders Breivik in Norway.
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Interview with Simon stephen on his thoughts on 'three Kingdoms'. he mentions the use of languages.

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Simon Stephens - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Simon Stephens (born 1971) is an award-winning English playwright. Having taught on the Young Writers' Programme at the Royal Court Theatre for many years, he is now an Artistic Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith. His writing is characterised as part of the in-yer-face generation and is widely performed not only in the UK but also throughout Europe, with several of his plays being premiered abroad. Along with Dennis Kelly, he is one of the most performed English-language writers in Germany.

Originally from Stockport, Greater Manchester, Stephens studied and graduated from the University of York.

He was a member of Scottish art punk band Country Teasers.

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Totally Sketched Out at Sketchfest - KQED

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Totally Sketched Out at Sketchfest
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Started as a vehicle for a handful of local sketch comedy troupes to package gigs together, it has grown into an immense annual event.
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Sound

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Plays and performances at all three theatres at the National Theatre. Information on what's on and calendar of performances and events and activities, locations, history, behind the scenes information on how we make theatre, and more.
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Browse this website from the National theatre to get insight into various roles involved in a production process

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Rhinoceros

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Description and explanation of the major themes of Rhinoceros. This accessible literary criticism is perfect for anyone faced with Rhinoceros essays, papers, tests, exams, or for anyone who needs to create a Rhinoceros lesson plan.
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Summary, analyses and background information to the play, student friendly
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Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco - Home

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A web-site dedicated to the play, its context and genre.
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a 2003 mystery novel by British writer Mark Haddon. Its title quotes the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes in Arthur Conan Doyle's 1892 short story "Silver Blaze". Haddon and The Curious Incident won the Whitbread Book Awards for Best Novel and Book of the Year,[1] the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book,[2] and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.[3]

The novel is narrated in the first-person perspective by Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old boy who describes himself as "a mathematician with some behavioral difficulties" living in Swindon, Wiltshire. Although Christopher's condition is not stated, the book's blurb refers to Asperger syndrome, high-functioning autism, or savant syndrome. In July 2009, Haddon wrote on his blog that "curious incident is not a book about asperger’s....if anything it’s a novel about difference, about being an outsider, about seeing the world in a surprising and revealing way. The book is not specifically about any specific disorder," and that he is not an expert on autism spectrum disorder or Asperger syndrome.[4]

Christopher, a fifteen-year-old boy with an autistic spectrum condition, lives with his father; he explains that his mother, Judy, died two years ago. He discovers the dead body of Wellington, the neighbour's dog, speared by a garden fork. Mrs Shears, Wellington's owner, calls the police, and Christopher comes under suspicion. When a policeman touches him, he hits the policeman, and is arrested, then released with a caution. He decides to investigate the dog's death, despite his father's orders to stay out of other people's business. However, he is severely limited by his fears and difficulties when interpreting the world around him. Throughout his adventures, Christopher records his experiences in a book: a "murder mystery novel". During his investigation, Christopher meets people whom he has never before encountered, even though they live on the same street, including the elderly Mrs Alexander, who informs Christopher that his mother had an affair with Mr Shears and had been with him for a long time.

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Background information to 'Curious Incident' - the novel

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Three Kingdoms - the trailer

http://www.lyric.co.uk/whats-on/production/three-kingdoms/ At the Lyric Hammersmith 03-19 May The London premiere of a dark new thriller by Simon Stephens, s...
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Three Kingdoms: the shape of British theatre to come?

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Maddy Costa: The play has split critics. But between rankled newspaper reviewers or enthusiastic bloggers, who is right?
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Godd overview of what critics think. Flags up the sound track used in the original production.

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