Interview with Othello’s Set Designer: Christopher Hone

Christopher Hone worked for 9 years at Icarus Theatre Collective and did 9 productions with Icarus including: The Lesson, Rip Her to Shreds, Hamlet and many more.

We caught up with Chris, currently working on another project to ask him a few questions on Set Designing Icarus’ amazing Nautical Othello set & his work for Icarus over the past 9 years.

The Othello Set 2013

The Othello Set 2013

 1. How did you get started in this profession?

I did a year’s foundation course in Art and Design at Ravensbourne College of Design and     Communication. During which time one of my tutors was a practising theatre designer. I was inspired and then moved on to study Theatre Design at Nottingham Trent   University.

2. What do you most enjoy about being a set designer? 

The creative process of answering the director’s brief, whilst fulfilling the demands of the script and all the physical constraints of the venue.

3. What was your favourite set to design? 

The Lesson.

'The Lesson' Set 2004

John Eastman and Amy Loughton The Lesson 2007.

'The Lesson' set 2004

John Eastman and Amy Loughton in ‘The Lesson’ 2007.

4. What was the most challenging set to design? 

They all have their challenges. Doing two in rep, like Othello and Hedda, throws up many challenges.

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David Martin as Iago, David Sayers, Alice Bonifatio as Bianca/Montano, Holly Piper as Desdemona, Julian Pindar as Cassio/Brabantio and Deborah Klayman as Emelia. Othello 2013.

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Deborah Klayman as Emelia, Gary Stoner as Othello, David Martin as Iago, Julian Pindar as Cassio/Brabantio, Alice Bonifacio as Bianca/Montano and David Sayers as Roderigo. Othello 2013.

David Martin as Iago and Holly Piper as Desdemona in Othello

David Martin as Iago and Holly Piper as Desdemona in Othello

5. What do you use for inspiration when creating new set designs?

Inspiration comes from many places. It can come from the research you do into e period    or action of the script, or from a film you’ve seen, or from a leaf dropping on the floor in front of a bin.

The Icarus interns Stephanie Ribbons and Annsofie Wikeyard painting the Othello set

The Icarus interns Stephanie Ribbons and Annsofie Wikegard painting the Othello set

6. What has been your greatest achievement in set design so far? 

A reviewer that said my design for One Minute at the Courtyard Theatre “could well be the ultimate fringe theatre design”

7. Which shows would you like to design in the future?

 Alice in Wonderland and The Slipper And The Rose.

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