Welcome to this year’s Festival Blog. Over the coming weeks we’ll be posting updates from many of the companies presenting work in the 2013 festival. We’ll have news from the cast and creative teams who are busy preparing in the rehearsal room as well as photos and videos of the work in progress.

Check back with us for more as the countdown to the Dublin Theatre Festival 2013 commences!

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Tom and Vera, Desperate Optimists and Dublin Theatre Festival

Tom and Vera Set Designer, Dominique Brennan, explains the making of the stage

Tom and Vera, presented by Desperate Optimists and Dublin Theatre Festival, provides audiences with a refreshing and darkly comic take on the impact of the financial crisis on two ordinary lives.

For this production the set designer, Dominique Brennan, was presented with the task of creating a living, breathing forest within the boundaries of the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin. Over the period of two days the space was transformed into a rich and striking woodland filled with beautiful birch trees, budding flora and some lurking wildlife. 

“The creation and installation of this set was intriguing but complex,” explains set designer Dominique Brennan. “The greatest challenge was to create each piece in such a way that it both stays and looks alive and well preserved – vibrancy and preservation was key.”

The forest floor was built first. This was carried out in sections using sheets of wood which were glued and covered with grass, soil and a range of forest materials such as mushrooms, daisies, rocks and logs. 

Once all the boards were complete the next stage was installing the trees. Thanks to Tree Surgeon Robert Barber an assortment of beautiful trees were sourced from the North West of Ireland. After a few hours of installation the trees were secured and put into place. Some time was spent gathering and arranging organic materials which provided the finishing touches to the intricate forest floor. The final tasks involved planting heather, shrubbery and adding a touch of nature in the form of a curious robin and fox.

This production is sure to transport its audience deep into the heart and drama of a dynamic story and a wonderfully vibrant woodland setting.

Dominique Brennan, Set Designer for Tom and Vera

Tom and Vera previews Sept 24-25 and runs from Sept 26-29 in Samuel Beckett Theatre
For more information and to book tickets, click here
For more on Tom and Vera Theatre Company Desperate Optimists, click here

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