Originally published in The Stage, December 2015
Last week marked one of the most important dates for graduates of theatre design courses, when the winners of the 2015 Linbury Prize for Stage Design were announced at the National Theatre.
Grace Smart, from Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, was announced as the winner. She will see her design for St Joan produced at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, next year.
Three other finalists (two from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and one from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) will also see their designs realised. Camilla Clarke will design Human Animals at the Royal Court, London, Jen McGinley will design Autumn for the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, and Philippa Brocklehurst will design A Passage to India for the Nuffield, Southampton. And, in conjunction with the British Council, a further winner, Minglu Wang (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama), will design a production of Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale in Ukraine in 2016.