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NATIONAL THEATRE PRODUCTION DESIGN ASSISTANT 

1 year's full time residency at the National Theatre's Max Rayne Design Studio, 2018-2019

 AWARDS 

Finalist for the JMK Award with Jocelyn Cox, 2019

Finalist for the inaugural Naomi Wilkinson Award for Stage Design with Told by an Idiot, 2019 

 DESIGN WORK 

Before I Was a Bear dir. Aneesha Srinivasan, Bunker Theatre, 2019 (ongoing)

i will still be whole (when you rip me in half) dir. Helen Morley, Bunker Theatre, 2019 (ongoing)

Love Me Now dir. Jocelyn Cox, in association with Bristol Old Vic (ongoing)

In My Lungs the Ocean Swells dir. Tash Hyman, Vaults Festival, 2020 (ongoing)

If Not Now, When dir. Elayce Ismail, National Theatre: Dorfman, 2019

Spring Opera Scenes dir. Stephen Barlow, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 2019

Fly the Flag at the National Theatre with Daniel Radley-Bennet. A celebration of 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Co-produced by Fuel, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Liberty, 2019

Time of Listening R&D dir. Rebecca Hanbury, Snape Maltings, 2018

La bohème dir. Harry Fehr, Clonter Opera, 2018

Stop Giving Me Grief dir. Gemima Hull

From the Forest Festival, 2018

Masti Maja dir. Ajay & Tanvi Punatar, Sansaar Co., 2018
 

Gaps dir. Matt Strachan, Katzpace, 2018

FCUK'D dir. Niall Ransome, Bunker Theatre, 2017

The Death of Ivan Ilyich dir. Jonathan Humphreys

Merton Arts Space, 2017

Semele dir. Martin Constantine

Richard Burton Theatre & Mid Wales Opera Tour, 2017

Spring Awakening dir. Megan McGeough, SOAS, 2017

The cosmonaut's last message to the woman

he once loved in the former Soviet Union (set design)

dir. Simon Reeves, Bute Theatre, 2016

 

Road (set design) dir. Marilyn le Conte, Bute Theatre, 2016

Just Add Water (puppet designer & maker) dir. Emma Williams

site specific: Prague Quadrennial & RWCMD, 2015

 ASSOCIATE WORK 

For Amy Cook:

  • You Stupid Darkness! dir. James Grieve, Southwark Playhouse, 2020 (ongoing)

 ASSISTANT WORK 

For Rajha Shakiry:

  • seven methods of killing kylie jenner dir. Milli Bhatia, Royal Court: Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, 2019

 

For Fly Davis:

  • La bohème dir. Max Webster, Göteborg Opera, 2020

For Rosie Elnile:

  • The Wolves dir. Ellen McDougal, Theatre Royal Stratford East, 2018

  • Abandon dir. Anne-Louise Sarks & Laura Lomas, Lyric Hammersmith, 2018

  • Goats dir. Hamish Pirrie, Royal Court, 2017

For Gabriella Slade:

  • The Importance of Being Earnest  dir. Alastair Whatley, The Original Theatre Company tour, 2017 

  • Cinderella dir. Dominic Hill, Citizens Theatre, 2017

  • Loot dir. Michael Fentiman, Park Theatre & Watermill Theatre, 2017

For Sophie Jump

  • The Twelfth Player dir. Susanne Thomas, site specific: Sixfields Stadium, Northampton, 2017

  • Gauhar Jaan dir. Mukul Ahmed, Omnibus Theatre, 2018

  • Gauhar Jaan R&D dir. Mukul Ahmed, Brady Arts Centre, 2017

Costume Assistant:

  • Wolf's Child des. Myriddin Pharo, dir. Bill Mitchell, WildWorks Company, site specific: Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk, 2015

Puppet Renderer:

  • Ar Waith, Ar Daith Walk the Plank, site specific: Wales Millennium Centre, 2015

At RWCMD:

  • En Folkefiende des. Beth Oppenheim, dir. Andrew Wyhment, Caird Studio, 2016

  • Blue des. Anke Lambrechts, dir. Jude Christian, Bute Theatre & The Gate, 2016

  • Conspiracy des. Anke Lambrechts & Katie Hawken, Richard Burton Theatre & The Gate, 2016

  • Macbeth des. Jacob Lucy, dir. Caroline Byrne, Chapter Arts Centre, 2015

 

CONTACT

gracevenningdesign@gmail.com

(+44) 07795 998945

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 WRITING 

"Book Review: Scenography by Simon Donger" Blue Pages, Society of British Theatre Designers Journal, issue 2 18. Read here

"Donmar on Design", Blue Pages, Society of British Theatre Designers Journal, issue 2 17. Read here

"Semele: Themes of Oppression and Escape Through Design", RWCMD blog. Read here

 WORKSHOP LEADER 

"Creative Choices" design workshop for secondary schools at the National Theatre (upcoming)

 

"Beyond the Stage" design workshop for 16-21 year olds at the National Theatre (upcoming)

"Getting started with Set Design" workshop for 16-21 year olds at the National Theatre

Design workshops in set, costume and lighting for KS2

Clonter Opera, 2017--2018 

 TRAINING 

Design for Performance BA (Hons): First Class

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, 2014-2017

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design: Distinction

Falmouth University, 2013-2014

Costume skills training, National Youth Theatre, 2013

© Grace Venning

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