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Frankie Bradshaw

A set and costume designer

What shows or projects have you done with ETT? 

Two Trains Running by August Wilson, directed by Nancy Medina. 

Where is home for you? 

London  

Where is your home away from home? 

The beach in Norfolk! 

Which artist(s) do you most admire and why? 

Cornelia Parker, for her incredible use of unusual materials in such dramatic three dimensional ways. 

What music inspires you? 

It’s often related to whichever project I’m working on. Right now it’s a lot of Edith Piaf because I’m designing a musical all about her! I love that my job immerses me in a new world each time. 

ETT is a brilliant, boundary-pushing company run by some very wonderful people who support you to take your best work out to a huge audience.

I love the way he collages together the mundane and the theatrical to create really dreamlike images.

What image or video inspires you? 

The series of floating houses by Laurent Chehere. I love the way he collages together the mundane and the theatrical to create really dreamlike images. 

What piece of writing or quote inspires you? 

‘There is more of me than I ever imagined there could be.’ – Anne Marie Duff 

What, for you, makes a good piece of art? 

Something that makes you feel something new. 

What have been your career highlights so far? 

Designing Sweat by Lynn Nottage for the Donmar Warehouse and then the Gielgud theatre. It was a joy of a project which started with an incredible research trip to Pennsylvania, and ended in Lynnette Linton the director and I jointly winning the Stage Debut Award for Best Creative West End Debut. 

If you were cast away on a desert island, which 5 plays would you take with you and why? 

Skellig by David Almond, Under Milkwood by Dylan Thomas, Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth, and The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh. They’re all beautiful, strange, earthy tales of human interaction with a thread of something weirder and more magical running through them. 

Please can you tell us what you would say to emerging artists to encourage them to take their work on the road or join an ETT tour? 

It’s a brilliant, boundary-pushing company run by some very wonderful people who support you to take your best work out to a huge audience. 

Window or aisle seat? 

Window 

Favourite way to travel? 

Train  

If you could have any superpower, which would you choose? 

I know it’s a cliche but I would absolutely be able to fly. Having done a show with flying involved, I just think it’s the most magical thing! 

It's a brilliant, boundary-pushing company run by some very wonderful people who support you to take your best work out to a huge audience. 

Frankie Bradshaw’s biog:

Frankie was a Linbury Prize Finalist in 2015 and a Jerwood Young Designer in 2017. She was the winner of the Off West End Award for Best Set Design 2016 for Adding Machine at Finborough Theatre. She has been nominated for Best West End Debut jointly with regular collaborator Lynette Linton in the Stage Debut Awards 2019 for her work on Sweat, and her work on the JMK Award 2015 production of Barbarians was Olivier Awardnominated. 

Designs include: Sweat – Olivier Award Nomination Best New Play (Gielgud Theatre, Donmar Warehouse); Kiss Me Kate, Robin Hood, Jerusalem, Nesting (Watermill Theatre, Newbury); Napoli Brooklyn (Original Theatre Company UK Tour/Park Theatre); Skellig (Nottingham Playhouse); Cookies (Theatre Royal, Haymarket); On the Exhale (Traverse); Trying It On (UK tour); This Is (Arts Educational School); Hansel (Salisbury Playhouse); Acceptance (Hampstead Theatre); Mercury Fur, Saved, Colder Than Here (GSMD); Easter (RADA); Oxy and the Morons (New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich); Private Lives (UK tour); Jess and Joe Forever, Di and Viv and Rose (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); Assata 

Taught Me (Gate Theatre); Moth (Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester); Trestle, Orca (Southwark Playhouse); Adding Machine (Finborough Theatre); Loose Lips (Big House Theatre Company); La Ronde (Bunker Theatre); Clickbait, A First World Problem (Theatre503); Barbarians – JMK Award 2015 and Olivier Award nominated, 5 Plays Project, Fresh Direction Project (Young Vic); Grav (Torch Theatre, Wales); and Stories from the Sea (Unity Theatre, Liverpool). 

Opera Design includes: Macbeth, Idomeneo and Elisabetta (English Touring Opera). 

Further reading:

Website: www.frankiebradshawdesign.com