Staging Places Studio

We invent imaginary worlds and extraordinary environments in the staging places we call theatres and in the ones we don’t.

The borders of where our work appears are porous and the hierarchies of our sector are dissolving.

We build the content.
We tell the stories that sell the tickets.
We make the memories.
In a diverse, multi-cultural country, we are the storytellers now…

Staging Places Studio was an open invitation to join the Society of British Theatre Designers’ (SBTD) intergenerational community of practitioners in a live, open space as we showed, discussed, and celebrated the value and diversity of performance design made in towns, cities, villages, rural and remote communities in the UK and around the world.

Throughout PQ, our Staging Places Studio operated in direct dialogue with The Future Utopias Imaginarium, the exhibit created by our dynamic student and early career curatorial team.

This exhibit was selected from an open call to which 140 designers based throughout the UK submitted. Each one of them is represented in our digital gallery and on the Staging Places website

Staging Places: UK Design For Performance, which includes Staging Places Studio was exhibited at the V&A, London (24 July 2019–29 March 2020).


Country/Region United Kingdom

Presenting Organization Society of British Theatre Designers

Curator Fiona Watt

Curatorial Team Andreas Skourtis, David Shearing, Kathy Sandys, Lucy Thornett, Paul Burgess

Artists Rajha Shakiry: Misty (Bush and Trafalgar Studios 2018), Simon Kenny: Black Men Walking (Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester and tour, 2018), Ian MacNeil: Angels in America (Lyttleton, National Theatre,2017), Lucy Osborne & Nina Dunn: The Assassination of Katie Hopkins (Theatr Clywd, 2018), Soutra Gilmour: Pinter at the Pinter (Pinter Theatre, West End, 2018), Alexander Rigg: Orographic (site responsive touring 2018), Laura Ann Price: Talking Heads (Leeds Playhouse, 2018), David Farley: Flood (Slung Low, Hull City of Culture, 2017), Leslie Travers: Elysium (Norwegian National Opera, 2016), Shizuka Hariu: Dystopian Dream (Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris and Sadler’s Wells, London (2017–19), Jamie Vartan: The Second Violinist (Barbican and Black Box Theatre, Galway, 2017) Becky Minto & Mark Murphy: Out of This World (MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling & tour, 2017). The selected exhibits were supported by a digital gallery of work submitted by 140 designers based throughout the UK.

Team - Designer: Andreas Skourtis, AV Designer: Eva Auster, Production Manager: Marco Savo, Production and technical team: Mike Leopold, Ian Taylor, Chad Healy, Sean Browne, Cat Kerr, Ian Evans, Robbie Butler, Sam De Santi, Callum Excell

photo Panos Andrianos, Tom Joy, Rosie Potter