Connellan, Patrick (6 of 9) An Oral History of Theatre Design
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2007-09-20, 2007-11-30, 2008-01-11, 2008-02-15
Interviewee’s Home, Coventry
Connellan, Patrick 1961- (speaker, male)
Wright, Elizabeth (speaker, female)
Part 6: Parents’ responses to PC’s successes; mention that they were at the Linbury Prize giving; further work at NV; historical precedent for having a resident designer there; working on a succession of productions with PCh. [0:03:04] Career aims at this time; feeling that assisting a more established designer might be useful; contacting SL; interest in his use of visual metaphor; assisting SL at his studio in Holland Park; working on ‘The Flying Dutchman’ [TFD] for Bregenz Opera in Austria. Admiration for SL’s way of working; his approach to creating in the model box from the beginning; problems with this approach for directors; learning high standard of model making from him; feeling loyal towards him; travelling to Bregenz for meetings. Description of the lakeside opera house; working with the production team at Bregenz. [0:12:47] Creating an indoor version with Assistant Director, John Lloyd Davies; incredible stunts in this production; description of a stunt that went wrong during rehearsals and was inappropriately embellished by the stuntman on the opening night. Set for TFD; skill of the production team at Bregenz; not wanting to pursue further opera. [0:20:29] Writing to directors about work, including Anthony Clark [AC] who was the Associate Director at Birmingham Rep [BR]; being offered a piece of work, ‘Cider With Rosie’, the beginning of a long association with AC and the RP; feelings about this theatre space. Successful working relationship with AC; reasons for this; AC’s Brechtian approach to theatre; his visual awareness. Working process with AC; reading the play with him; his personality and positivity. Beginning to work on more commercial work during the mid-1990s.
Life story interview with Patrick Connellan (1961-), theatre designer.