Hudson, Richard (7 of 7)  An Oral History of Theatre Design

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  • Recording date

    2006-12-15, 2007-07-25, 2008-04-04

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's studio, London

  • Interviewees

    Hudson, Richard 1954- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Wright, Elizabeth (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 7: Description of set for Debussy triple bill at Bregenz; creating the set with different spatial possibilities. [0:01:30] Work for the Royal Shakespeare Company [RSC]; ‘The Master Builder’ at the Barbican in the late 1980s; success of this production; other RSC shows at the Barbican including ‘The Clockwork Orange’ and ‘Travesties’ by Tom Stoppard. ‘The Cherry Orchard’ and ‘Women Beware Women’ at Stratford. First Shakespeare design for the RSC, ‘Coriolanus’ in 2007 with Greg Doran, the last play in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre; feelings about this space; new configuration of the stage; designing Roman Shakespeare; costume; description of set design; facilitating the story; battles in Roman and history plays; use of doorways. Battle scenes in FDD; use of video. [0:08:25] Other commitments including role as OISTAT [[International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians] British Scenographic Commissioner; winning gold medal for ‘Tamerlano’ at the PQ and being invited to become a judge for the following event; hard work involved in this; eclectic mix of judges including an American director, Czech and French playwrights, a Mexican costume designer, designers from Japan and Taiwan; decision making process; Mexican costume designs; overall opinion of the 2007 PQ; meeting other theatre professional at the event. [0:12:38] Discussions at OISTAT about the purpose of the organisation; political discussions; lectures including a recent talk about 19th century theatre in Istanbul; planned trip to Istanbul. Involvement with research at WSA and proposal to house archive there; feelings about people using archive; contents of sketchbooks for different shows. [0:18:03] Ambitions for the future including designing more Handel operas, designing plays and working at the NT again, working big and small projects and working at the Royal Court Theatre. Feelings about the process of recording this interview; talking about work and career.

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    Life story interview with Richard Hudson (1954-), theatre designer.

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