Perth Theatre will be wrapped in tape today by our in-house designers - led by Becky Minto, designer of many of our shows, and loved locally for her collaboration with Barrie Hunter on our panto.
From early on in lockdown, the design community have been uncomfortably aware of the negative visual imagery and sadness around closed buildings. Theatres which are usually teeming with life feel stark and bleak, some even shut away behind hazard tape to prevent them inadvertently being places of gathering.
With the National Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh,
Theatre Royal Plymouth, Lyric Belfast, Sherman Theatre and The Old Vic already wrapped, #scenechange have taken their message of joy and wrapped bows around West End venues throughout the weekend. This week will see further theatres including ours nationwide joining #MissingLiveTheatre.
#scenechange began as a small email exchange ‘Dialogue in Strange Times’ between a group of set & costume designers. Now it is a wide community of designers covering the breadth of the discipline and growing to over 1000 members, promoting ways of coming together in conversation and action in support of theatre.
The tape will remain in place for up to one week before being removed and reused by #scenechange to envelop another theatre. The tape is recyclable, and the ambition once the project is completed is to create a permanent installation.