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Introduction to Designing for Theatre

with Lez Brotherston and Vicki Mortimer

Join acclaimed designers Lez Brotherston and Vicki Mortimer to unpick the creative process of designing for the stage.  Lez and Vicki will provide advice, support and feedback as you create your own costume designs. The course will provide the tools to begin designing,  focusing on research, how to present your ideas, and the Designer’s relationship with the Director.

We're looking for people with an artistic flair who are ready to start their design journey.

Applications for Introduction to Designing for Theatre are now closed, but you can still attend the Webinar.

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Dates - Monday 22nd June to Friday 3rd July. The course will comprise 9 hours of contact time on Zoom, plus time spent working independently on projects.

Click here for the provisional timetable.

Price* - £135 (includes membership to the Wise Children Club), with free places available

About the course leaders

Lez Brotherston


Lez is an Associate Artist of Matthew Bourne’s company New Adventures. Dance credits with Matthew Bourne include Romeo and Juliet, The Red Shoes and Sleeping Beauty (Drama Critics Circle Award), Edward Scissorhands, The Car Man, Swan Lake (Tony Award), Cinderella (Olivier Award). Other credits include Malory Towers (Wise Children); Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal Shakespeare Company); Me and My Girl (Chichester); Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe); Flowers for Mrs Harris, Showboat (Sheffield Crucible); Oh! What A Lovely War (Stratford East/West End); The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (West End); Sister Act (West End, Worldwide); Hedda Gabler (Old Vic); Duet For One (Almeida and West End); L’Elisir d’Amore (Glyndebourne).

Lez Brotherston
Vicki Mortimer

Vicki Mortimer


Theatre includes: Wise Children (Wise Children), Little Match Girl (Globe), Don John (RSC/Kneehigh), Follies—Critics’ Circle Award for Design, Olivier Award for Best Costume Design,  ANNA and The Visit, The Plough and the Stars, The Threepenny Opera, Here We Go, The Silver Tassie, Othello, Hamlet, Waves, Cat in the Hat, Three Sisters, The Seagull, Closer, Paul, The Last of the Haussmans (National Theatre) and work for other companies including Young Vic, Royal Court, Chichester, Almeida. Opera design for companies includes ROH, Glyndebourne, Aix and Salzburg Festivals, ENO. Ballet design includes new works by Wayne McGregor and the Royal Ballet.

*The School for Wise Children is committed to making theatrical training accessible and offers at least 50% of our places for free to those who would not be able to train otherwise. Due to our funding, we are unable to offer free places to those outside the UK. You need to be aged 18 or older to participate in a School for Wise Children course. 

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