MOTORTOWN by Simon Stevens
Bute Theatre, RWCMD
A graphic examination of an early millennium society. Through the episodic journey of soldier returning from the Iraq war, and his blurring of the trauma between his war and home worlds.
Designing the play on four sides, with performers moving on raised walkways around their audience, aimed to physically enhance the perpetual movement of the protagonist as his mental state deteriorates. The space is 'real' in as far as the locations he visits are naturalistically realised, but also highly psychological; in being broken, disjointed, manipulated by the figures of fellow soldiers. We are fixed in place, only viewing through his eyes, the space acting as his physical stream of consciousness.
Director // Michael Fentiman
Set & Costume Designer // Blythe Brett
Lighting Designer // Nari Smith
Projection Designer // Llyr Parri
Sound Designer // Kieran Gough
Stage Manager // Amy Hales
Photography by Simon Gough