For this project I helped with building and painting the set as well as altering some of the costumes. The biggest part of this project was deputising for Helen Coyston in the tech week up to and including the Vox pops premier at the Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax. During this week I had to finish painting the set, to alter the costumes and to make a bag for Tiresias.
The brief for Tiresias’s bag:
The publicity for the production describes a “blistering new adaptation [that] sees Sophocles’ tragedy reimagined in a dystopian landscape, where fate is written in code and where drones flock across the skies”. Tiresias’s character collects broken drones, wires and other bits of technology. She hides in the shadows looking after her ‘Birds’ and watches the world through them.
Her bag had to be scruffy, and look homemade. It needed to be large enough to look as though she carried lots of drones inside it whilst at the same time allowing the actor easy access to the broken drone she uses in her scene. The bag itself also needed to have bits of wires and technology falling out of it when the drone is extracted.