director: Jesse Jones
by: Chinonyerem Odimba
A new play commissioned by the Richard Burton Company
NEW March 2021
Photographs by Kirsten McTernan
set and costume designer: Bea Viña
lighting designer: Jamie Holden
sound designer: Lauren Moir
composers: Anna Wood and Ryan Elliot
stage manager: Emily Howard
design supervising staff: Lucy Hall, Sean Crowley and Allie Edge
This play asks important questions about an unsettling present and a potentially more terrifying future, defined by physical and metaphorical borders. The Toll digs into the dangerous impact that shouting into the void might be having on friendship, families, and the future of the country.
We leant into the heightened and satirical elements of the play, and used this within the design to bring the characters and the world to life and tackle some of the darker elements of the story. Drawings were important for me to figure out the details, but embraced collaboration and change within the process. As the script and rehearsals developed, adapting and changing the design was an exiting part of the process of working with new writing.
Made under COVID-19 restrictions, with social distancing in place. For any queries contact the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.