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Absolute Hell
Absolute Hell  Set design

Director Robert Styles

Set Designer Yimei Zhao

Costume Designer Cara Evans

Lighting Designer Max Sharp

Sound Designer Kieran Lucas

Production Manager James Thompson

Stage Manager Becca Elsey

Venue Embassy Theatre RCSSD

Photography Patrick Baldwin

‘Absolute Hell’ is a play that happened at a drinking club in London Soho. Taking place right after WW2, the proprietor Christine, and her members drink night after night, desperately trying to escape from reality. 

To create this indoor space on stage for a no-build show, I brought in the picture frames and lampshades from the Georgian club interior at that time to represent the walls and ceiling, and kept a corner on further upstage for a postwar street. They are arranged in a distorted perspective to show the space from a drunk person's point of view, revealing the damage that the war has caused on both the world, and the individual's minds.

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