Susannah Henry is a scenographer, a teacher, a runner and a walker. She lives in Walthamstow, London and is undertaking a PhD at Guildhall School. Susannah designs productions of all scales and performance types, including touring theatre, opera, family shows, site-specific performance, comedy, storytelling and dance. She works in the UK and internationally.
Her research examines ways in which scenographic process can become more embodied. In addition to her own studies, Susannah is Design Lecturer at Guildhall, teaching on the MA Collaborative Theatre Production and Design and BA Production Arts programmes.
Hand to God
This production of Robert Askins’ Hand to God was an International collaboration between Singapore Repertory Theatre and a British designer and director. The SRT company is composed of Singaporean, Malaysian, Chinese and ex-pat practitioners, and has an ethos of inviting overseas creatives into the fold.
As a design process this required collaboration across two continents and differing time zones, which was demanding in terms of the flow of information and emphasised the importance of design drawing as a method of communication. The production benefitted from a creative affinity between the scenic workshop and I, which was a product of luck and happenstance. The setting for the play was a Sunday school for much younger children than we ever see in the piece, to offer an innocent counterpoint to the extreme demonic visions and explicit content offered by the narrative.