Interview: Lez Brotherston designs for dance

Sunday 14 October 2012 by Sarah Kearney

Matthew Bourne’s long term designer Lez Brotherston takes Judith Mackrell through the collaborative creative process as she tries to keep up with the ever-changing ideas for Bourne’s latest production, Sleeping Beauty.

With scenes being cut, new characters added, vampires considered and then ditched, plus the frustration of imagination being tamed by financial realities, Brotherston explains that,
‘Heartbreaking though this part of the process sounds, to Brotherston it’s just a fact of life. “I’m used to it. It’s like a massive jigsaw puzzle – you just have to get all the pieces to fit.”’

However, this is also the key to their success, ‘The best ideas often spring from the most adverse situations, which is why Brotherston cherishes this kind of work. “If I’m involved in a play or a musical, the story is set before hand. With Matt we’re making it up as we go, and the design is always a visceral part of the action. It’s not window-dressing.”’

Read the full article in, The Guardian, 14 October 2012

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