Staging Places
The Society of British Theatre Designers co-ordinates the UK exhibits for the Prague Quadrennial. Each country contributing to PQ endeavours to take a professional exhibit and a student/early career exhibit. For PQ2019, we have created Staging Places Studio. Twelve designers were selected from our open call submissions by an industry panel to represent the diversity of work being made throughout the UK.

Staging Places

Alexander RiggOrographic, Oceanallover, Scotland (2018)

Becky Minto and Mark Murphy – Out of This World, VTOL, MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling and tour (2017)

David FarleyFlood, Slung Low, Hull City of Culture (2017)

Ian MacNeilAngels in America, National Theatre (2017)

Jamie VartanThe Second Violinist, The Black Box, Galway and Barbican (2017)

Laura Ann PriceTalking Heads, Leeds Playhouse (2018)

Leslie Travers Elysium, Norwegian National Opera (2016)

Lucy Osborne & Nina Dunn – Set and AV Designers – The Assassination of Katie Hopkins, Theatr Clwyd (2018)

Rajha ShakiryMisty, Bush Theatre and Trafalgar Studios (2018)

Shizuku HairuDystopian Dream, Sadler’s Wells and international touring (2017)

Simon KennyBlack Men Walking, Eclipse, Royal Exchange Studio and touring (2018)

Soutra GilmourPinter at the Pinter, West End (2018)

Throughout the festival, Staging Places Studio will be animated by debates, provocations and talks with a range of national and international practitioners and will operate in dialogue with The Future Utopias Imaginarium the exhibit created by our early career and student curatorial team.


Alexander Rigg in conversation with Fiona Watt

How to curate a national exhibition chaired by Fiona Watt

David Farley in conversation with David Shearing

Laura Ann Price in conversation with David Shearing

How sound creates intimacy and intimate places – open discussion with Kathrine Sandys

Opportunities And Challenges Of Designing Outside The Capital City – open discussion with May Davies

Tanja Beer in conversation with Lucy Thornett

How does performance design overlap with other spatial practices – discussion with Lucy Thornett

Cecile Tremoliere in conversation with Fiona Watt

The Envelope Room in conversation with Lucy Thornett

Practice research in performance design – an open discussion with Rachel Hann

Ecoscenography in Action – an open discussion with Andrea Carr

Becky Minto in conversation with Claire Halleran



The Future Utopias Imaginarium

A kinetic, experimental laboratory space, populated and facilitated by a dynamic student and early career curatorial team, directly linked to the Staging Places studio. The audience is invited to observe and interact with a team of ‘’Future Makers’’ in a circular space that sits between a factory and a gameshow. An endlessly recurring process to build a future utopia is activated by chance and imagination, and overseen by a mysterious authority figure.

The Future Utopias Imaginarium process began in a collaborative workshop with a group of over thirty student and early-career designers and performance makers who were then invited to apply for bursaries to become members of the curatorial team for PQ2019. Over the last five months a core team of nine practitioners of various backgrounds from Edinburgh, Liverpool, Bournemouth, Birmingham and London have constructed a shifting performance space for the Quadrennial.

The team are :

May Davies
Scott Casnett
Kathryn Weaving
Conor Smart
Jordan Smith
Abi McDermott
Rhi Binnington
Vivianna Chiotini
Yifat Shir- Moskovitz