The Tri-Coloured Workshop

From 1941–1943 Charlotte Salomon painted 1200 pictures of her former life as a child in Berlin in the 1920's and 30's. She only used RED, YELLOW and BLUE – all the colours she had. It was wartime and shortages were everywhere. From these 3 colours however, she made a myriad of colours that created her great work “A TRICOLOURED PLAY WITH MUSIC”.

The workshop aims to create a “recipe book” showing how many colours can be made from the 3 colours through a colour chart/wheel, or my invented format.

Workshop Leader Biography:
Pamela Howard is a Director and Scenographer working primarily in opera and contemporary music theatre. Her practice encompasses large and small scale productions, in major opera houses and unloved and forgotten spaces.

Trained at the Slade School of Fine Art ( 1958/9 ) she has had full career as a theatre designer, developing a love of text and context with Fine Art. Since 2000 she has been the total creator of productions developing a scenographic language of beauty and simplicity on stage, where the performer is always ‘the carrier of the myth’. Sustainability and imaginative use of space are central to her practice. A compulsive observer of human life, she is never without a pencil and a sketchbook, notating the everyday, methodically storing her pencil sketches and reworking them on stage.

In 2013 she began her most important work to date, where Life and Art meet as Director/Scenographer for the new Canadian production of the singspiel ‘Charlotte - A TriColoured Play with Music’ with librettist and actor Alon Nashman and composer Ales Brezina .This production uniquely translates some Charlotte Salomon’s 800 gouache paintings from her graphic novel ‘Life or Theatre’ into the three dimensional world of her memory of her former life in Berlin. This production was premiered in Toronto in June 2017 and shown at World Stage Design in Taipei in July 2017, and is now planning a European Tour.

As with this piece, Pamela is often the initiator and creator of collaborative projects that unite artists from many countries through art and music.

She is the author of What is Scenography? translated into six languages and now a new 3rd expanded edition is in preparation for 2019.

Pamela was awarded the OBE in 2008 ‘for Services to Drama and is International Chair in Drama at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; Visiting Professor at Arts University Bournemouth; and Emeritus Professor at Arts University London.

13 06 2019 10:00—18:00
Where DAMU R213/214