THE SUITORS

LIGHTING DESIGNER

UNIVERSITY OF YORK (SPRING 2016)

DIRECTED BY VENETIA COOK

Two of the most hilarious French comedies in a unique double bill.

George Dandin and The Suitors are masterpieces by the greatest playwrights of the French 17th century, Molière and Jean Racine.

Both premiered within the same month in 1668, the two plays centre on their lead characters’ obsessive pursuit of their goals. They form a comical match made in heaven.

The Suitors centres on a judge who cannot stop judging, in everyday life as well as his court. His delusions cause hilarious and outrageous complications for all those around him.

This was the play assigned to us for our Early Modern production project as part of the final year of my degree. As lighting designer I encountered the many challenges that the thrust stage and steeply raked seating of the Scenic Stage Theatre created when combined with a cyclorama, a skeletal set and numerous floor-level birdies - and the added challenge of having to share a rig with the other show in the double bill with little to no time to change over between shows.