Port of Call – Designer Maeve Black 31/08/2015

Narvik - by Alex at  Decoy Media-0048

1. Tell us a little bit about your character/role

I am the set and costume designer, and along with the stage manager I am responsible for the overall look of the production.

2. What attracted you to this play?

I have just finished my final year at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, and they run a competition within the third years on the course. If you win the competition you get to design a play for the Playhouse studio, and this year Narvik was the prize! As soon as I read it I knew I wanted to design it, I loved the challenge of it having so many locations, and the fact that water was such a prominent feature the whole way through. I knew I could have a lot of fun with that.

3. If there was one memory you would like to hold onto, what would it be and why?

I’ve been pretty lucky throughout my childhood that my parents have taken us to lots of really fun countries. As a family we’ve travelled quite a bit and I don’t ever want to forget going to any of those places. We went to Botswana when I was 15 and to be honest I don’t think I could ever forget it, but if I lost my memory one day I would like that to be one of the memories that stay with me.

4. If you were a sailor which port would you most like to visit?

I really want to go to Burma, I think I’d visit there.

5. What are you looking forward to most about this production?

I can’t wait to get started on sourcing the costumes and the objects that will help transport the audience from one place to another. I’m really looking forward to seeing if my ideas actually work in practise too! Another exciting part of the process for me is seeing the actors become the characters for the first time. It really helps me develop my designs.

6. Which song would you sing to get you through the rough seas?

Probably The Chords- Sh Boom.

Although I wouldn’t be able to sing it, I’d have to get other people to do it for me, it’s far too tricky.


NARVIK runs at Liverpool Playhouse Studio 8th September- 19th September. Book tickets here