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Simon Kenny
Simon Kenny Greater London
Based in: Greater London
Member Of: SBTD
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Trained at Central School of Speech & Drama. Recent theatre includes Noughts & Crosses, National tour, Pilot; Cabaret, English Theatre Frankfurt; the multi award-winning ‘pie shop’ Sweeney Todd, West End and Off-Broadway, Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Set Design of a Musical; The Selfish Giant, a new folk opera by Guy Chambers, West End; Macbeth, Stafford Castle; Holes, Nottingham Playhouse; Black Men Walking, national tour, Eclipse; Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass,Watford Palace; Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice.Shakespeare’s Globe; and The Wind In The Willows, Sherman.

Opera includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Le Nozze Di Figaro, Nevill Holt; the world premiere of Stephen McNeff’s Vivienne, Linbury Studio, ROH; The Cunning Little Vixen, Háry János, Orlando, Ryedale Festival.

Other designs include Babette’s Feast, Print Room; Driving Miss Daisy, Saturday Night Fever, Theatre Royal Bath, UK tour; Rose, HOME Manchester; Ghosts, Theatr Clwyd; In The Next Room or the Vibrator Play, Ustinov; Island, National Theatre; and Border Force, an immersive installation/performance/club event for Duckie.

Image credit: Tristram Kenton

Featured Work

Black Men Walking

Role/Title: Set and Costume Designer
Year of Production Opening: January 2018
Venue: Royal Exchange Studio and UK tour
Company: Eclipse
Inspired by a real-life walking group, this piece delved into 2000 years of Black British history and toured widely to studio venues around the country.

Fusing music, dialogue and spoken word poetry, it celebrated the hidden histories of Black Britain, recognised the need to connect with others, questioned what it means to be British and urged that we know our history in order to move forward.

The design was a simplified abstraction of the Peak District – a contoured floor with reference to the Roman roads, and a backdrop of geological strata. A large black one-way mirror became a portal across time, conjuring characters and always reflecting ghosts in the landscape.

Inspired by the archaeological discovery in York of the Ivory Bangle Lady – 4th Century remains of likely North African descent – we created a small incidental museum space in the foyer of each venue with select props and costumes from the show presented as historical artefacts of the future.

The design was a simplified abstraction of the Peak District – a contoured floor with reference to the Roman roads, and a backdrop of geological strata. A large black one-way mirror became a portal across time, conjuring characters and always reflecting ghosts in the landscape.”
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Image credit: Tristram Kenton
Image credit: Tristram Kenton

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Director: Dawn Walton
Writer: Testament
Lighting Designer: Lee Curran
Sound Designer: Adrienne Quartly
Movement Director: Steve Medlin
Scenic Construction: Royal Exchange Theatre
Costume Supervision: Royal Exchange Theatre