For when the audience walk into the space, I want the set to be contained within the screens. That way the show is not given away straight away.
The screens will open out to reveal Franvera in her normal messy room. A hint of medical still remains due to the screens and the bed. All of her belongings, that will soon become the characters costumes, are strewn on the floor alongside her drawings.
For the party scene, the cast will come on and put up the bunting. The table will be wheeled into the space with glasses on it. This is the moment the red shoes are handed to Franvera for the first time. The bunting could also be used as a dancing ribbon.
The bed will be moved into the centre of the space. This is the scene where the soldier arrives in Franvera’s house and is attempting to force her out from under the bed.
To create the forest in a more lateral way I want the bunting to be pulled around into shapes that the actors can crawl and step through. I want them to almost become branches. I also like the idea that the screens could be wheeled around the space to form pathways.
The doctor is the only character that is not a part of Franvera’s imagination. She is the only real person in the play other than Franvera herself. For this reason I wanted to make her really different, this is why I chose to not physically include her. I want the doctor to be created through shadow puppetry and sound.
A key image in this play is that of the edgeless room. To create this image I want to utilise the screens. Use them as boundaries that keep getting broken. I like the idea of the boots pushing through a lycra type material. Also I want people to be climbing through.
This scene also takes part in the edgeless room. Franvera is drawing her little pictures, and they come to life, they become massive to almost form a wall. I thought this was another good opportunity to play with shadow puppetry again.
Within the play Franvera draws the refugee camp with ‘the lines of washing blowing in the air’ this led me to consider having the cast hang out some washing on the bunting lines for this scene.
The last scene sees Franvera shot by Red Beard. She leaves the stage by walking into a beam of light, heaven. For this project there is no way to get LX, so I thought I could attempt to create this with the screens and some back lighting.