Translating the mood board into SPACE

Design 1



Info about the genre:

This stage design focuses on the genre of dreamcore. Dreamcore is a surrealist aesthetic that uses motifs commonly associated with dreams, daydreams or nightmares, portrayed through media such as images, videos and, on occasion, music.

Stage Design

This stage design forces the audeince to wonder and focus on the center spot, which is the dark door in the distance of the stage. In the background on the right is a small bedroom half-hidden behind panels floating in the air. These panels create the feeling that the character is leaving the bedroom into another universe which in this genre it is referred to as “dreamland”. The bold red wording and arrows are a style used in this genre, it acts as the character’s thoughts (what the character is thinking) but is displayed.

Inspirational Images:

Design 2

This design is inspired by one of my other inspirational pics, this focuses on liminal space. Liminal space is a transition between two different places or states of existence. A mall at 4 a.m. or a school hallway over the summer, for example, are typically deserted and often vacant. This gives it a frozen, unpleasant vibe, yet it’s also familiar to our brains. In this case, the house would be situated in a rather bright stage however it feels disturbing as the space inside the house is empty and somehow familiar.

Inspirational picture

Scenic Design Vocabulary

Scenic Design – The aspect of production that gives a sense of space or location. Can be realistic or symbolic. Aids in creating atmosphere

Mood Board (Concept) – A poster that contains imagery that will help focus’s the design or conceptual weight of a piece of theatre

Thumbnail Sketch – a quick sketch or drawing that becomes the starting point for a design

Stage Configuration – The layout of the stage in the theatre you are producing in the play

Ground plan/ Birds Eye View – The top down look of the design. Gives you an idea of WHERE things are on the stage

Elevation – the FRONT look of the design. Gives you an idea of what you will see when you are looking at the stage

Flat – A scenic piece that is used to build doorways or walls. Light, flexible, and can be built to order

Sight Lines – The view of an audience onto the stage. Sight Lines are taken from many different seats to see what they see

Masking/Masking Flats – flats or curtains designed to hide the elements of the stage we don’t want the audience to see



Abstract the Arts of Design, Es Devlin Scenic Design


Because her practices were found by many artists, her practices mostly align with the artists Ideas. Her collaborators give her ideas on how to design the stage


Ingredient 1: Space

Ingredient 2: Light

Ingredient 3: Darkness

Ingredient 4: Scale

Ingredient 5: Time

Space: Utilising stage space, thinking out of the box to impress the audience (Not only using the stage as a platform), filling up the whole stage space.


In the “Watch The Throne” tour, Es placed Kanye and Jay-Z on a high block elevating them above the audience, because Throne meant being on top and fighting to stay on top, she uses the tall blocks to place them high but one misstep would cause one of them to fall representing the vulnerability.

Scenic Painting Pt2



During the process of scenic painting, there are 5 steps to complete. Scumbling is requires the facing to be covered with a variety of paints with similar colour tones, it acts as the base colour . After the Scumbling process lining is required, lining creates the brick shape on the facing. Highlights and shadows are then added to enhance each brick’s 3D structure, texturing is an additional step to make bricks look 3 dimensional. To finish off the scenic painting process, spattering is added to create the extra texture of each brick.


Theatre Tour Experiences

This is a picture of the dimmer at the ES theatre. I chose this picture because I realized that not only does the booth control the lights but this machine helps control the brightness of the lights, so I found it pretty interesting getting to see and learn about this machine.


This is a picture of the booth in the MS/HS theatre, this booth is not an open house and is enclosed. I chose this picture because I finally had the chance to see where most of the light and sound are being controlled from. This space acts as the main control room of the theatre where most of the time directors stay in the booth when the show is running.

This picture captures the top view of the layers of curtains in the theatre. I chose this picture because after the tour I had a better understanding of how tall the theatre actually was. After touring, this space gave me a better idea of how the curtains were layered as it is important to know how to work with the curtains.

This is the cyclorama in the ES theatre. Although the cyclorama in this theatre is much smaller than the theatre in the MS/HS theatre, I found out that not only is the size of the cyclorama incredibly large but it is quite heavy (same with the curtains). In theatre, a cyclorama is a background that covers the back, cyc lights can evenly wash the cyclorama or create the illusion of sky, open space, or great distance at the rear of the stage setting.

G9 Engineering Project R & S

Final thoughts:

In this engineering project, we were tasked to engineer a device that shows our understanding of energy transfer (Chemical energy to electrical energy). Throughout this project, there have been many materials I’ve never encountered and used before which I’ve had the chance to learn how to use them. Before confirming the final idea, I thought we would run into many challenges and thought that making a heart rate monitor was not possible in such a short amount of time. However, instead of abandoning this idea George and I decided to challenge ourselves by working with materials we had little knowledge about. (Arduino UNO, OLED Screen, Pulse monitor) After the successful testing of our heart tracking device, we could have made many ideas and changes to this device. For example, if we were provided with more time, we could have done more research on improving the accuracy of the bpm tracker as it was not really accurate at some times. For design and presentation purposes, I felt like we should have had a larger OLED screen because the screen was small, making it a bit hard to see the information projected. In conclusion, this project was a challenge for both of us, but at the same time, a successful one.