Basia is a BA Production Arts and Design graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland from 2016. Before coming to the Conservatoire, she completed training in Fine Arts and History of Art at Leon Wyczółkowski State School of Art in Poland.
In 2017 she completed the Trainee Designer Scheme at the Royal Shakespeare Company. She is the Overall Winner of the Linbury Prize for Stage Design 2017 and also Best Designer Nominee for The Stage Debut Awards 2018.
Most recent credits include : othellomacbeth Lyric Hammersmith and HOME Manchester, Cuckoo Soho Theatre, Five Plays, Young Vic, Devil with a Blue Dress; Bunker Theatre, Reactor; Arts Ed London, Working/Sweet Smell of Success; Royal Academy of Music.
In 2019 Basia’s design work will include : Wolfie Theatre503, Blood Knot, Orange Tree Theatre, Acts of Resistance Headlong Theatre & Bristol Old Vic, Crooked Dances, Royal Shakespeare Company, Ivan and the Dog, Young Vic.
othellomacbeth set that I have designed and worked on since winning the Linbury Prize in 2017 has definitely been one of the most challenging design processes I’ve been leading. The idea for the 2 integrated spaces, that I’ve designed has had a huge impact on the dramaturgy of this double bill of Shakespeare plays adapted by my director, Jude Christian. My design approach to both of those plays has become extremely emotional when we decided to put female characters of both plays more centre stage than we’ve seen them before.
Othello’s stage feels stuffy, claustrophobic and is set on a very shallow stage in front of the huge reflective metal wall. Macbeth is a huge open room, an eternal space. I call Othello’s set the oven, because the tension is extremely high and suffocating, and Macbeth’s the freezer transferring you to a chilling place where conditions are inhumane.