Laura graduated with a BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture, before going on to study on the Motley Theatre Design Course.
She has collaborated on numerous experimental theatre shows, devised productions, installations and art events. Her work has been seen at the Barbican, Tate Britain, the ICA, in tents, container lorries, abandoned swimming pools and on a working fairground ride. She has also designed plays, musicals, dance pieces and opera at theatres including the Old Vic, Royal Court, the National, Manchester Royal Exchange, Sadler’s Wells, Leeds Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, the RSC, London Palladium, ENO, Opera North, Houston grand opera and the Metropolitan opera.
The Divide is presented through the framing device of a lecture in the remote future describing the ‘Divide’ of 2080. Following a plague, men and women live apart in a rigidly segregated England.
The population has declined, culture and technology have been degraded or lost, and the separation of genders continues long after the threat of cross-sex contamination has passed. This world is brought to life through repurposing the furniture of the lecture hall and the generic civic drapery which reveals, conceals, frames, wraps, veils and divides the action on stage.