We had the opportunity to learn projection with Barret Hodgson, a projection mapper. He talked to is about all the different software used to create his work such as ‘Neverland’ a piece of theatre designed by Helen Davies and out on at Lakeside arts theatre. We then had a day in his studio to try out his equipment and great our own bit of projection mapping based on a moment from Hamlet.
Our group decided to explore the moment when Polonius is killed by Hamlet in Gertrude’s quarter. We started to map on to a church window in the studio. Unfortunately we couldn’t map directly onto the glass but the surrounding area at least.
I was unable to stay for the whole workshop because I was unwell but it inspired me to include a projection screen in my design for Hamlet and so I further explored projection mapping in modern productions.
I saw a production of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime’ at Sheffield Lyceum last autumn and the stage was heavily projected on all walls. The protagonist drew on the wall and the projection mapped out his route across London and constellations of stars. They also used objects that lit up from within and became something new like a microwave or a fish tank as shown below.
Considering projection made me think back to when I saw a physical theatre piece by frantic assembly called ‘Lovesong’. Not only was the physical movement wonderful but the 4 projection screens pieced together at the back fitted beautifully with the style of piece. It was about an old couple looking back on their life as a young couple and so the performance drifted between the two timezones.
The projection above shows birds flying on a dark screen symbolising the passing of time and death as the older man looks back on his life. I think this style of projection screen that is split up and different heights.