Brief for this week: Set Design

Our set designer Isla has been asked to design a set for A Midsummer Night's Dream. To do this she has used the set brief given to her by our production team. Why not have a go at following the brief and designing your own set? To help you out, here are Isla's 5 top tips for designing a set:

1. Think about the scale. The scale we always work in is 1:25, so you have to think about the design you do being 25 times bigger in reality.

2. Designing a set isn’t just about creating a world, it’s also important to consider how the set can support the telling of the story.

3. Consider the use of space and how the actors move around that space, including where their entrances and exits are.

4. Think about your audience and how your set will work for them. Think about what the audience’s relationship to the actors is and importantly what their sightlines are - you don't want to build something huge that half the audience can't see through!

5. What are the practicalities of your design. You need to plan everything from materials to colour schemes etc. Also, because you are designing outside you need to consider the bad weather conditions.

Now download the Set Brief and Set Template PDFs. Once you are done email your creations to to us at and we may select it to feature on the site.


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