Category Archives: Set Designer

Introducing … Jessy Cornips

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The model set design for Boy On A Bed

Jessy is the designer of our upcoming production Boy On A Bed

Not that long to go now, till the opening of  “Boy on a Bed”.

I’m the set designer of the show. I’m currently doing a Foundation Degree in Film & TV Production, so with an interest in Production Design I was having a look online for some work experience. A friend told me about this web page “stage jobs pro”, where you can find a wide range of different work placements. That’s where I saw this role for a set designer and from there got in touch with Gayle (Organised Chaos Productions).

As the set designer I have been collaborating with the Director, in this case Alastair to create “The World of the Play”, by turning the design into a stage reality.

Our aim is to fully immerse the viewer in the production.

I’ve learnt a lot throughout the past six weeks, we have changed the set design quite a few times but with there not being scenes and all the dialogue being continuous and based in four different locations, when sketching plans and creating models for the set design we have had to be aware of all that.

The final set design we have created, is quite simple, (using minimalistic props) but it really works well for the story behind “Boy On A Bed”.

Overall it’s been an enjoyable experience. The actors are all progressing really well, throughout the weeks of rehearsals. It will be a great play to watch, there will be love, laughter, a bit of betrayal, but overall it will be an interesting play to come and see.


To see the tour dates and book tickets for Boy On A Bed, visit our website.

Introducing … Kathryn Allan


Hi everyone, Kat here. I’m the designer for Broken and A lot of it About for Organised Chaos Productions.

I have only just recently graduated from LIPA, summer 2012, so am very excited and lucky to have been chosen to be part of this great theatre company!

I’m really enjoying it so far. I have done some smaller tours previously, one with a puppet show that I designed and made, and another most recently with the brand new Theatre Company The Lion Tamers, on their show “In Pursuit of Oblivion” by Robert Pegg. So I wanted to expand my knowledge of touring productions and how different theatre companies work. I love the problem solving and logical thinking that’s involved.

It has been a great opportunity to design both the shows, and a great challenge to think how we could possibly use the same items. So far, I have been visiting rehearsals, gathering costumes and props for the performances, and this weekend have started building the set, which is very exciting seeing it all come together!

I can’t wait to see them both together at the dress rehearsal on Tuesday evening, and for the opening night at the Lowry on Thursday.

Hope you can all make it, and that you enjoy the shows!



To see the tour dates and book tickets for Broken and A Lot of it About, visit our website.

Designer update for Bottled Wasps

Kirsty Nicol, designer for Bottled Wasps updates us on her progress so far…


Wow!!! It’s 10.28pm on a Friday night and am about ready for bed!! Was asked to go out into town tonight but I said, “No Thank you, I’m making a window.” So that’s what I did…….see without giving anything away a window is needed as part for the set, to be honest I think this part of the play that happens by the window is one, if not my favourite bit. It’s just such a powerful moment for me and I think it one of the part where as an audience member you start to see or pick up on the darker side of the performers.

Well any way I just printed of the final props and costume list and written myself a shopping list for tomorrow. Plan of attack for tomorrow is as follows:

·          Working at Merlin 7.00 – 1.00

·         Shopping 2.00-4.00

·         Paint and Dress puppet 5.00- Till god knows!!!

·         Everything else – God knows till late.

Not much of a plan but it something I guess. I know there still loads to do but I feeling ok about it and am starting to see the finished set, slowly mind. Design for theatre is so rewarding because I have to consider so many different aspects, including how the set is going to fit and flow with the text or what materials to use, while still ensuring that it is aesthetically pleasing to the audience and production team.


I try very hard to keep continuity in my design and strive to connect the set and costumes with the tone of the script. My goal is to achieve a design which highlights the performers and leaves a memorable experience for all who see it.


And now what???…………………..BED!!!