7 July 2014 • by Maria Koutsouna
Behind the Scenes: the Design AssistantI feel so happy that I was chosen by the Gate Theatre as a Design Assistant for the Idomeneus production.
I was more than excited when I first read the script and could not really wait to start the work. My collaboration with Ana Ines Jabares Pita and the rest of the team was both a wonderful and invaluable experience. I was so impressed by the team’s professionalism. They always keep calm, creative and productive even under the stress of the last days, aiming for the best possible outcome. They demonstrated respect and understanding towards the design process and embraced Ana’s ideas with sensitivity and encouragement.
During the rehearsals there were inexhaustible energy, enthusiasm and desire for exploration. Every single day was marked by new ideas and achievements through numerous discussions, experiments and reconsiderations. Keeping minimal sense of the set proved to be harder than we expected, but the final result was more than rewarding. Apart from the set, the costumes design and resourcing were also challenging following the needs of the play. A lot of research has been done in order to find the suitable costumes.
I really enjoyed the whole process and I wish I would have been involved in this production from the very first steps. I am grateful to the Gate Theatre and the Jerwood Foundation for the Young Designers for giving me the opportunity to become part of this astonishing production.