by William Shakespeare
A film by Katie Davenport
Graduate Minor Project Concept
Designed concept for an Irish Feature film based on Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus". Showcased here are snippets of concept drawings, research, storyboarding, models and visual style.
TITUS ANDRONICUS, an Irish Traveller Film epic. The "Rome" that exists in TITUS exists as a parcel of the world, and yet within that parcel, it is also the totality of the world. The Irish Traveller community offers an interesting analogy of this stratification of Rome. It is a play that blends violence with a rather unsettling dark humour, historically consistent with with a tradition of detachment in the Irish artistic psyche.
The Traveller culture opens up and breathes this play. On the surface, yes, there are many transposing links and appropriations that we can make between TITUS and this culture; rival families, bare knuckle boxing with its primal violence and spectatorship, the idea of superstition and tradition. However, beneath the surface there are other socio-cultural questions to asked about identity and indeed, within this transposition, the question of Irish identity, not only within the Traveller community but also within vanishing Ireland.
by William Shakespeare
Graduate Major Project Concept
Represented Ireland at “Evolving Design for Performance” An Exhibition of European Theatre Design at Beijing NCPA 2015
SUBMERGED: OH LET ME NOT BE MAD
Design-led Psychosis Season at The Abbey
Abbey Stage: King Lear by William Shakespeare
Peacock Stage: 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane
SUBMERGED: OH LET ME NOT BE MAD season at The Abbey investigates the visualisation of mental illness onstage. This Psychosis Duet explores the recurrent obsessions of Shakespeare and Kane with psychosis, suicide and the sustained investigations of the self and presents both these plays in a modern context.
LEAR at the bottom of a swimming pool
A few months into my graduate year, I was talking with my father, a psychologist, about psychosis and King Lear. He told me a really interesting story about Jung, Joyce and the bottom of a swimming pool. Jung once explained to Joyce, the difference between the creativity it took to write "Finnegans Wake" and the psychosis that Joyce's daughter Lucia struggled with, using an image of the bottom of an empty swimming pool. Jung described creativity as a place to dive down to in order to visit the subconscious and freely express the images of our fears and fantasies. However we can always re-emerge, we can resurface to reality and leave that place. Lucia could not resurface, She waded along the bottom of the pool. Submerged.
By William Wycherley
Concept Design for Performance