'Union' Costume designer

Megan Baker (Designer)

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

Abstract

'Union' world premiere
new play written by Tim Barrow
Directed by Mark Thomson
Costume Design Megan Baker
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh March 2014
This play about the original 1707 Union of Scotland and England took real history and historical characters and events but approached them with a freedom that was playful, anachronistic and had an epic sweep through time and place taking on politicians, royalty and bankers. Megan wanted the costumes to reflect the need for an audience to trust the historical truth and arguments of the piece but to get away from a literal accuracy. She used colour and texture to give each its own sensual definition from bawdy taverns and the Scottish parliament to the court of Queen Anne. The creative team wanted the audience to feel like they could taste and smell the worlds of the characters to get at how they lived and therefore who they were. Megan was playful in using contemporary references such as pin stripe to hint at modern city bankers alongside period cuts to create a visual dialogue between the period of the play and the audience who were watching it.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventStage Performance - Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 20 Mar 201412 Apr 2014

Keywords

  • Costume Designer

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