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Donmar Warehouse to host theatre design festival

Stage designer Tom Scutt. Photo: Logan Havens Stage designer Tom Scutt. Photo: Logan Havens
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Designer Tom Scutt will curate a new week-long design festival at London’s Donmar Warehouse.

Donmar on Design, which runs at the theatre’s rehearsal spaces on Dryden Street, will feature a designers’ open studio, free panel discussions and careers workshops for design students.

Leading designers including Es Devlin, Lizzie Clachan, Anna Fleischle, Chloe Lamford, Peter McKintosh, Tom Piper and Rosanna Vize, along with The Stage Debut Award winner and former Donmar resident design assistant Rosie Elnile, will feature in the panel discussions during the festival from November 4 to 10.

Scutt said: “This is a way for us to not only show the general public and young students the bones of what we do, but it’s also an opportunity for designers who are already established to connect, meet and look at each other’s practices.”

He added: “It is about accessibility and demystifying the role. It is easy to overlook the complexities of the work designers do.”

The Donmar’s executive producer Kate Pakenham said: “After the very special experience of opening up our Dryden Street home for Rosalie Craig and Michelle Terry’s Becoming earlier this year, we are delighted to continue this with the Donmar on Design festival.

“Curated by our associate Tom Scutt, the week-long festival will be both an opportunity for audiences to have insight into the design process and for young people to meet and be inspired by world-class theatre designers.”

Donmar on Design is open to the general public, with the exception of a few events specifically for schoolchildren.

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