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Make/Believe is a full colour, fully illustrated celebration of design for performance by over 150 UK designers between 2011-2015. The title Make/Believe indicates the skills, vision and commitment found in the diversity of contemporary performance design and the ravishing visuals that make UK designers sought after worldwide. Make/Believe includes: Dick Bird's stage designs for Kate Bush, Colin Richmond's beautiful Wendy and Peter for the Royal Shakespeare Company; Marie-Jeanne Lecca's spectacular costumes for The Magic Flute on the Bregenz lake stage in Austria; work by international designers Richard Hudson and Bob Crowley, Tom Piper's memorable Tower of London Poppies installation with ceramicist Paul Cummins, Es Devlin's designs for the 2012 Olympics closing event and for Myley Cyrus Bangerz World Tour. Wildworks are included with the Michael Sheen Port Talbot Passion, as are Neil Murray's magical Steptoe & Son for Kneehigh and a gritty Threepenny Opera for Graeae. Landscape and found space performance includes work by Louise Ann Wilson, and Leslie Travers' Grimes on the Beach at Aldeburgh. Make/Believe includes spectacular work by lighting designers and a CD-ROM by the Association of Sound Designers in the book cover, short essays and commentaries by performance designers and their collaborators, along with biographies and indexes. Make/Believe is an invaluable and accessible resource for students, teachers and anyone interested in contemporary performance.
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Title Page Credits Sponsor's Foreword Society of British Theatre Designers Foreword Introduction Designers Pages in broadly alphabetical order Essay 1: Before The Dawn: Notes On A Design Process by Dick Bird Essay 2: A Year In Two Drawings by Simon Banham Essay 3: Nabucco by Dick Bird Essay 4: Birmingham Opera Company: Not What You'd Expect From Opera by Richard Willacy, Paul Brown and Samal Blak Essay 5: A Concept of Hell by Es Devlin Essay 6: It Starts And Ends With Place and People by Mecedes Kemp, Wildworks Essay 7: Gulliver's Travels - Dragonbreath Theatre by Nettie Scriven And Peter Rumney Essay 8: Summer Harvest by Andreas Skourtis Essay 9: An Articulation of Process by Fiona Watt Association Of Sound Designers Group Presentation, edited By Karen Lauke (CD-ROM) Designers' Biographies Index by Designer Index by Production Index by Producing Company Index by Venue Photographer Credits Thanks

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Kate Burnett, is editor and project director for Make/Believe exhibition and catalogue. She is also the UK National Curator for the 2015 Prague Quadrennial (PQ). She is a Reader in Theatre Design at Nottingham Trent University and an award winning practising theatre designer. She has edited similar publications and curated four previous major exhibitions for the Society of British Theatre Designers: Collaborators (2007) and three with Peter Ruthven Hall: 2D>3D (2002) which was awarded the Golden Triga at PQ'03, Time+Space (1999) and Make Space! (1994), which was awarded a Gold Medal at PQ'95. She is also editor of the World Stage Design 2013 publication.

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