Of Mice and Men: Designer's Sketchbook

Of Mice and Men: Designer's Sketchbook

18 February 2016

View Liz Ascroft's sketchbook for Of Mice and Men. The sketchbook includes initial sketches and reference material.

Original design sketch

Early design sketch emphasised the importance of having depth to the stage, imagining the entrance of George and Lennie 

The original image that inspired that set design. ‘The Road West, New Mexico’. 1938. Taken by Dorothea Lange. During the depression, this highway was the west-bound route taken by many families who hoped to find work in California. Dorothea captioned the image “They keep the road hot a goin’ and a comin’.” or They’ve got roamin’ in their head.” 

Early design concepts. Inspiration includes photographer Arthur Rothstein, who is notable for his iconic Dust Bowl images.‚Äč

Reference images show the type of working conditions during the period 

Reference images used to guide the fault line that has been added to the floor of the set, an idea suggested by Director Roxana Silbert. Liz says “It can represent the river’s edge in the first and last scenes, a place to be remembered, but as a visual metaphor for the whole piece, it represents the fault line in Lennie’s head.’ 

Download PDF version of this sketchbook here 

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.