Theatre Design

A Hundred Words for Snow

Written by Tatty Hennessy
Directed by Lucy Atkinson
Set and Costume Design by Christianna Mason
Photography by Nick Rutter
Trafalgar Studios

It’s a coming of age story, with polar bears. One woman’s quest across the arctic and through grief to honour the memory of her father and challenge ideas of what women can do.

” The set design by Christianna Mason is ingenious, creating a landscape which reflects the explorer spirit and is downright beautiful. ” – A Younger Theatre *****

 

The Healing

Written by David Hermanstein
Directed by Charles Lauder
Set and Costume Design by Christianna Mason
Photography by Jane Moorhouse
Omnibus Theatre

Inspired by African-Caribbean folklore and Haitian Voodou, this drama explores the fraught relationship between two brothers and their link to a spiritual world.

 

Blood Wedding

Written by Federico Garcia Lorca
Directed by George Richmond-Scott
Set and Costume Design by Christianna Mason
The Omnibus Theatre

Lorca’s classic account of familial conflict and fated love will open the Autumn Season at the Omnibus Theatre. The story is re-imagined in the Spanish population of London 2018. It focuses on the Mother’s viewpoint. Challenges of living in the capital right now underscore the tragedy of the original.

 

Always Right There

Written by Natalia Rossetti
Directed by Samara Gannon
Set and Costume Design by Christianna Mason
George Bernard Shaw Theatre

Set between two friends’ cramped flatshare and London’s poshest Spin studio, Always Right There takes you for a spin through five twenty-something women’s Lists. Those lists we all subconsciously keep of instances of sexual harassment or abuse that aren’t really “bad enough” to warrant talking about, let alone reporting.

 

Scuttlers

Written by Rona Munro
Directed by Hannah Eidinow
Set & Costume Design by Christianna Mason
Photography by Linda Carter
George Bernard Shaw Theatre, RADA

The London premiere of Rona Munro’s 2015 play tackles youth disaffection through the lens of 19th century Manchester street gangs. Against a backdrop of the industrial revolution and tumultuous social change, the intensity of the rivalry between the Bengal Street Tigers and the Prussia Street gang is matched only by their own internal power struggles.

“The set was a real gem for any lighting designer. It provided a great starting point, offering many interesting angles and rigging points for lights.” – Declan Randall, Lighting Designer

 

Saved

Written by Edward Bond
Directed by Ben Thomas
Set Design by Christianna Mason
The Avondale, Italia Conti

Set in London in the sixties, Saved explores the cultural poverty and frustration of a generation of young people on the dole and living on council estates. Inspired by Jackson Pollock and Park Hill in Sheffield, the towering brutalist blocks at the sides contrast the erratic and uncontrollable violence of the Pollock style floor.

 

Trump’s Women

Written and Directed by Lily Bevan
Set & Costume Design by Christianna Mason
Photography by Helen Murray
George Bernard Shaw Theatre, RADA

A series of short plays that track Trump’s relationship with women throughout the decades. From the Beauty Pageants up to his following of devoted female Republican voters and into the future of the man with the mythical hair.

 

Punk Rock

Written by Simon Stephens
Directed by Chris White and Bradley Leech
Set Design by Christianna Mason
The Avondale, Italia Conti

In the oppressive, dark old library of a posh grammar school, eight sixth-formers are holed away, preparing for their mock-A Levels. As the term progresses love triangles appear and exam worries build, then suddenly the teenagers find themselves caught in an explosion of anger and aggression that threatens them all.

 

Flare Path

Written by Terence Rattigan
Directed by Phil Clark
Set Design by Christianna Mason
The Avondale, Italia Conti

Set in a hotel near an RAF Bomber Command airbase during the Second World War, the story follows a love triangle between a pilot, his actress wife and a famous film star.

 

The Acid Test

Written by Anya Reiss
Directed by Gabbie Bird
Set & Costume Design by Christianna Mason
The Cockpit, London

Three young graduates are living in permanent party mode in a London flatshare. Jessica’s dad arrives and the evening spirals into a reckless night of alcohol, weed and emotional outpourings.

“Designed by Christianna Mason, the set has an almost kaleidoscopic effect. Staged in the round, empty bottles of alcohol decorate the furniture within the living room like an elephant graveyard of drunken mistakes.” – A Younger Theatre

 

Blues For An Alabama Sky

Written by Pearl Cleage
Directed by Femi Elufowoju, jr
Set & Costume Design by Christianna Mason
Photography by Linda Carter

Harlem, 1930, and the realities of the Great Depression have kicked in. It portrays the lives of struggling African American artists and activists, in two colourful apartments, during the slow decline of the Harlem Renaissance.

“You get a fierce sense, in Femi Elufowoju Jr’s fine production, of lives being palpably lived…” – Michael Billington, The Guardian ****

 

Triptych

Youth Music Theatre
The MAC, Belfast
Music by Polina Nayakinskaya, Laura McGarrigle, Elizabeth Charlesworth
Set & Costume Design by Christianna Mason

The first of YMT’s Triptych Programme, commissioning new work from young female composers, Triptych is comprised of 3 short musicals ‘Genetics’, ‘Pearl, and ‘A Lie’ are bound together by themes of genetics, family and relationships.