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Theatre design showcase broadens brief in a bid to ‘celebrate the diversity’ of the craft

Arinze Kene in Misty, designed by Society of British Theatre Designers member Rajha Shakiry. Photo: Helen Murray
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Designers across all genres of performance are being encouraged to submit their work for an online exhibition and the chance to be showcased at the Prague Quadrennial and Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Society of British Theatre Designers aims to celebrate the “diversity of performance design” with the initiative Staging Places. It is particularly keen to encourage submissions from genres such as carnival, circus and festivals as well as the more traditional theatre, opera and dance.

To encourage a more diverse range of applications, SBTD has redesigned its application process to be entirely digital, instead of applicants having to submit physical work: designers can include work from up to three productions that took place between 2015 and 2019.

All submissions will be showcased in an online gallery, with 12 pieces of design selected to appear at the Prague Quadrennial, a major scenography exhibition that takes place every four years.

A further selection of work will be displayed in the theatre and performance galleries at the V&A in London from July 24 to January 5, 2020.

Staging Places will also host a series of events across the UK to engage with designers from a range of media, including practitioners who may not yet consider themselves as performance designers.

Fiona Watt, project curator and honorary secretary of SBTD said: “Staging Places aims to celebrate the diversity of performance design and making practices today and to inspire young people to invent it for the future.”

The closing date for applications is February 4, with the Prague Quadrennial taking place in June 2019.

All UK-based designers who are members of SBTD or who sign up for membership are eligible to apply.

Further details about how to apply can be found on the Staging Places website.

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