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9 June 2014 • by Ana Ines Jabares Pita

Idomeneus: the design process

I am so pleased and flattered to be part of the Gate theatre, and be one of the Jerwood young designers 2014, especially designing this amazing play, Idomeneus.

The Gate theatre is a small space full of challenges, where you can go as crazy as you like (of course, respecting the health and safety rules). Yes, I know, I have just described the dream of any designer. It is really nice to feel that you are given that kind of creative freedom. Think big and it might be not big enough for this tiny but prestigious venue. 

The process so far has been really exciting. I feel very fortunate to work with such a professional team and such amazing group of people.  One of the things that I have enjoyed more, so far, has been the process with the director, Ellen Mcdougall. I have to admit that it has been a quite unusual, and very enjoyable.  In our “first date”, at the National Theatre, we agreed that we wouldn't meet at any coffee shop or theatres never again till the rehearsals start. We challenged ourselves proposing a little bit more unusual and stimulating places...

In our “second date” we agreed to meet at the Science Museum. I remember it was 10.00am. Could you imagine me waiting for the doors to open surrounded by excited children shouting and cheering because the doors were opening? Is there anything more amusing than this? I was just laughing out loud being passed on by the children. Yes, this was our second formal meeting. The fact they are formal do not need to mean they are boring.

After my glorious entrance to the museum, Ellen arrived and this just start to get better.  WE WENT TO THE PLAYGROUND AREA, TO PLAY, LITERALLY. We had such fun and you could never imagine how many amazing conclusions you can get by playing as if you were a children again. (Personally, I believe that for working in theatre you need to keep inside that childhood all your life, and you willingness to play and try new and different things).

After the Science Museum we went to the V&A to see the exhibition of Jameel Prize and then we sat on a bench with beautiful views to start to read Idomeneus out loud. What else can I say? Isn't is just a perfect creative meeting?  Later on we had the chance to meet in other exhibition, for example Martin Creed's. I believe this was the craziest thing I've seen in a long time but if I start to talk about this I would have to write a whole book.  We didn't go to all of these exhibitions because they were directly related to IDOMENEUS, but I am sure deep down in our minds it has affected the concept and the design in one way or another.

You will see...
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The Gate theatre is a small space full of challenges, where you can go as crazy as you like (of course, respecting the health and safety rules). Yes, I know, I have just described the dream of any designer. It is really nice to feel that you are given that kind of creative freedom. Think big and it might be not big enough for this tiny but prestigious venue. 

The process so far has been really exciting. I feel very fortunate to work with such a professional team and such amazing group of people.  One of the things that I have enjoyed more, so far, has been the process with the director, Ellen Mcdougall. I have to admit that it has been a quite unusual, and very enjoyable.  In our “first date”, at the National Theatre, we agreed that we wouldn't meet at any coffee shop or theatres never again till the rehearsals start. We challenged ourselves proposing a little bit more unusual and stimulating places...

In our “second date” we agreed to meet at the Science Museum. I remember it was 10.00am. Could you imagine me waiting for the doors to open surrounded by excited children shouting and cheering because the doors were opening? Is there anything more amusing than this? I was just laughing out loud being passed on by the children. Yes, this was our second formal meeting. The fact they are formal do not need to mean they are boring.

After my glorious entrance to the museum, Ellen arrived and this just start to get better.  WE WENT TO THE PLAYGROUND AREA, TO PLAY, LITERALLY. We had such fun and you could never imagine how many amazing conclusions you can get by playing as if you were a children again. (Personally, I believe that for working in theatre you need to keep inside that childhood all your life, and you willingness to play and try new and different things).

After the Science Museum we went to the V&A to see the exhibition of Jameel Prize and then we sat on a bench with beautiful views to start to read Idomeneus out loud. What else can I say? Isn't is just a perfect creative meeting?  Later on we had the chance to meet in other exhibition, for example Martin Creed's. I believe this was the craziest thing I've seen in a long time but if I start to talk about this I would have to write a whole book.  We didn't go to all of these exhibitions because they were directly related to IDOMENEUS, but I am sure deep down in our minds it has affected the concept and the design in one way or another.

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