Director of Design
Riptide Theatre, 2016
Artistic Director: Alexander Palmer
Producer: Anna Turzynski
Writer: Sophie Dumont
Director of Design: Helen Russell Brown
Design team: Daisy Petley, Chloë Oldridge, Jess Hendersen
Technical Manager: Natalie McLoughlin
Sound Designer: Will Wadham
Assistant Director: Zosh Skowronska
Assistant Producer: Bethan Mullins
Choreographer: Becs Scanlan
This is not a club night.
This is not theatre.
SWARM was an immersive experience set in a futuristic hedonistic nightclub designed to disorientate, stimulate and intoxicate party goers.
Every night audience members stepped into the spotlight, danced and drank with performers as the narrative unfolded around them. They were invited to explore the green room, eavesdrop intimate conversations behind closed doors, and even dance in a kaleidoscopic mirror booth.
The dance floor and bar evolved in response to the people moving through the space; movement affected lighting colours and demand affected prices at the stock-exchange style bar.