First Look: Of Mice and Men Set Design

First Look: Of Mice and Men Set Design

15 January 2016

Here's a look at the model for Of Mice and Men showing what Liz Ascroft's set design will look like. 

It's the first week of rehearsals for Of Mice and Men and Designer Liz Ascroft has given us a first look at how the production will look on stage. Liz's model is the result of months of hard work researching the text, its themes, as well as its time period and setting. Creating a model is a collaborative process between the creative team, production manager, and the producer, who have to take into account the technicalities and cost of touring theatre.

The model allows each scene and location to be planned and set accordingly to the artistic vision. Many of the pictures of the model box are of the bunkhouse setting, a description of which can be found in Chapter 2 of Of Mice and Men.

The bunkhouse was a long, rectangular building. Inside, the walls were whitewashed and the floor unpainted. In three walls there were small, square windows, and in the fourth, asolid door with a wooden latch. Against the walls were eight bunks, five of them made up with blankets and the other three showing their burlap ticking. Over each bunk there was nailed an apple box with the opening forward so that it made two shelves for the personal belongings of the occupant of the bunk.
Of Mice and Men, 1937

 

First Look: Of Mice and Men Set Design

Of Mice and Men premieres at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, where it runs from 4 to 13 February 2016. It then tours to Cheltenham, Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Darlington, Blackpool, Cambridge, Brighton, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Oxford and Leicester where it concludes on 28 May.