Final year student wins Nottingham Playhouse Prize

Monday 1st September 2014

Nottingham Trent University BA (Hons) Theatre Design student Rachael Jacks has been awarded the Nottingham Playhouse prize and the opportunity to work on our forthcoming production of Forever Young.

This year’s Nottingham Playhouse prize task was to create a set design for the play ‘Touched’ by Nottingham writer Stephen Lowe. Students were asked to take into consideration a variety of locations, costume changes and the time period which is set around the World War. Rachael Jacks was presented with the prize by our Associate Director, Fiona Buffini.

Rachael said, “As part of my research for ‘Touched’ I spent time with my Great Grandmother who lived through WWI & WWII. Her descriptions of washing hanging in the streets prompted my research. Through experimenting I discovered that the washing lines solved the multiple scene changes, could also be used to show projections and acted as a metaphorical symbol for the truths they could reveal about the story to the audience.”

Fiona Buffini said: “Rachael’s work was outstanding, and we very much look forward to welcoming her to Nottingham Playhouse.”

Nottingham Playhouse has worked with Nottingham Trent University’s BA (Hons) Theatre Design students for a number of years to create realised models for a wide selection of plays.

Rachael will start her work placement in early 2015 and will also be involved in a community based project.

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