by Bryony Lavery
Additional Panel Configurations (in order of appearance)
Draftings (click for more images)
Paint Elevations (click for more images)
Frozen is an emotional, yet often clinical look at the aftermath of the rape and murder of a young girl in England in the late 20th century. The action of the show takes place mostly through episodic monologues delivered by either the victim’s mother, or the psychologist trying to understand the mental state of the murder. The show discusses heavy themes, including the nature of grief, guilt, and forgiveness. It also focuses on the idea that people consumed by grief and anger are literally frozen at one moment in their lives and unable to move forward.
The set I created emphasizes the cold emptiness of grief and the ghostliness of memory. I was drawn to images of art installations that combine tall, rectangular panels with ghostlike projections. The use of projections allowed for quick transitions and many locations in a space that has little-to-no wing space to store additional scenery, and no fly system,
The set consisted of six actor-powered rotating panels strategically placed so that they could be rotated to create all 13 unique locations/configurations. To achieve all these looks, five of the panels rotated on a corner axis, and one panel rotated on a central axis.
Both the panels and the floor treatment were designed to look like sheets of ice The panels have a lighter surface to allow for the use of projections.
I created a functioning white-model of the set, draftings plans, paint elevations and a storyboard. I also created set renderings and projection mock-ups in Photoshop.