After months of hard work from everybody involved with this project, Uncanny Valley previewed this week at the Edinburgh Science Festival. This was my first time designing a full theatre show, and I had an absolute blast. Director Emily Reutlinger brought me and the brilliant Kate Bonney onto the team, and together we all explored the visual world of a teenager and her artificial best friend. Emily had strong ideas about how she wanted it to be and filled the piece with real human emotion, and Kate elevated the scope of our work by introducing responsive and adaptive lighting, which brought the objects and their environment to life. The world of the play became a CMYK-cyber-dreamy-future-scape. Which is basically my happy place.
To have the actors - Rob, Pamela and Kirsty - work so hard with the set and the objects I've made to bring them to life was a real treat. It's one thing to design and make an object, but it's another thing altogether to see an audience engaging with it like it is a sentient being! That is entirely down to the skill of the performers, and I'm amazed at what they achieved. The artificial characters were reviewed alongside their actor counterparts, with no mention of object manipulation or puppetry.
This could only have succeeded with Emily's vision, Kate's technical wizardry and the cast's persistent hard work.
If you're interested you can read some reviews below -
**** ALL EDINBURGH THEATRE
***** MUMBLE THEATRE
**** EDINBURGH GUIDE
**** BROADWAY BABY