FESTIVAL CENTRE – Creating the Character

Costume designers visually recreate the internal side of the character we see on stage. Creating the Character embraces the behind-the-scenes conception of characters and shows how a designer works with the director, the actors, and the text to lift two-dimensional characters from the page to the stage. 

This exhibition, curated by the Performing Arts Collection, showcases the work of Australian stage designers, such as Sue Russell, Tess Schofield, Dean Hills, Paul Morisset, Bronwyn Jones, Tony Graham and Luciana Arrighi who won an Oscar for her designs for Howard’s End.

On display in the Festival Theatre Foyer from 22 February until May, the exhibition will feature costumes, costume designs, masks, props and photographs from memorable State Theatre Company productions such as Revenger’s Tragedy, The Comedy of Errors, Scapin, Night on Bald Mountain, Ham Funeral, and the Jimmy Zoole Presents production of Amadeus.

Performing Arts Collection Exhibition Coordinator Jo Peoples says:

“Stage designers fill a number of roles. They are historians, story tellers, and social commentators. Their work is crucial in the audience’s understanding of who the character is, and why they are there. It’s story telling in another way. The work on display covers Shakespearean comedy (after Magritte), Jacobean Tragedy, Molière, Australian drama, opera, and a mixed bag with Amadeus! Come and celebrate their work!”

Enjoy this marvellous, imaginative exhibition from some of Australia’s best theatre designers right here at Adelaide Festival Centre.





22 February 2014 until May 2014


Festival Theatre Foyer, Adelaide Festival Centre


Mon-Fri 9am-6pm and during performance times




All ages

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