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Magnolia Street, 2012

The Capital E National Theatre for Children's production Magnolia Street was acclaimed nationally and internationally, particularly for its no-frills but innovative multimedia set design. Watch the trailer to see how audiovisual designer Johann Nortje and lighting designer Nathan McKendry created a street of houses, then sent the actors back through time to explore its history. A small video camera, visible to the audience at the side of the stage, records a model of the set, and the image is projected in real time. The artifice is evident, but nonetheless effective theatrically. Like many recent set design projects, this was a collaborative effort between the principal figures behind the production.

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Bill Guest, 'Theatre design - New directions in theatre design', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/42331/magnolia-street-2012 (accessed 7 July 2022)

Story by Bill Guest, published 22 Oct 2014