The project, named "Setting The Stage" will be co-created by Yorkshire-based Theatre Designer, Caitlin Mawhinney, and an internal project team comprising of specialists in wardrobe, lighting and communications.
The project will reflect themes that are close to our heart, including growth, community, wellbeing and togetherness. Using foliage and artificial flowers alongside elements of previous sets, costumes, and lighting, Caitlin and the team will create a bold and impactful window display that will be visible from the outside of the building and gradually grow as we prepare for reopening. The project symbolises a catalyst for a fresh start and new beginnings as we look forward to being able to create and share live theatre again. Members of the community will also be asked to submit creations to be included in the display, so watch this space for further information about how to get involved.
We were blown away by the calibre of responses to our artist callout and the high number of submissions we received. Caitlin's submission perfectly reflected our key themes and utilised all the aspects we wanted to incorporate as part the project.
It's timely that we announce this project a year to the day after theatres across the UK were forced to shut their doors. We are looking forward to the future and welcoming audiences back to our home on Ferensway. As well as being able to give work to a freelance artist, this is also a fantastic opportunity for us to bring staff off furlough to work on this project, giving them a chance to make a meaningful contribution to the organisation as we plan to re-build the theatre in a post-pandemic world."