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Once again Royal Welsh College students are among the finalists of the UK’s most prestigious award for stage design. Holly Pigott and Jacob Hughes join a long list of RWCMD stage design students reaching the final for the Linbury Prize for Stage Design.

The seven month long competition is the only prize of its kind, giving recently graduated stage designers an unparalleled opportunity to work with professional theatre companies and collaborate with writers, designers and technical teams at this crucial stage in their career. Each winner gains a professional commission to realise a production from the company for which they are chosen to work, and a cash prize . This year’s commissions are with Lyric, Hammersmith, The Opera Group, Watermill Theatre, Newbury, and Royal Opera House, ROH2.

All the finalists work can be seen in a free exhibition at The National Theatre until 27 November. The four winners will be announced on 10 November.

2001 Linbury Prize winner Tom Scutt has just designed the set for 13 at The National Theatre, having just worked at Royal Shakespeare Company and The Sheffield Crucible.

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Here’s RWCMD Theatre Design graduate Kelly Bannister putting the finishing touches to a display of Richard Burton memorabilia. The collection – donated by Burton’s cousin Rhianon James Trowell – will be on permanent display outside our Richard Burton Theatre.

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Here’s Theatre Design graduate Tom Scutt talking to Time Out magazine about the challenges of designing the latest Mike Bartlett play at the Olivier.

Tom has had an incredibly successful career since he graduated from the College in 200?. He won the Linbury Prize for stage design in 2007, as well as the Jocelyn Herbert Award. Since then, he has worked  in London, across the UK and in the USA, designing productions from Rigoletto for Opera Holland Park to Romeo and Juliet for the RSC in New York

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Giant flamingos, seagulls and pelicans are taking over RWCMD. The first project of the year for our new BA and MA students, these giant paper sculptures are inspired by Edward Lear’s The Pelican Chorus and made from recycled paper.

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Cardiff Design Festival kicks off this weekend, with a host of events, workshops and exhibitions taking place throughout the city.

Here at the RWCMD as part of the festival, you can see an exhibition of giant paper sculptures by our BA and MA theatre designers. Last year, there were giant insects lurking in the college grounds and this year, you can expect giant wading birds made from recycled materials – all inspired by Edward Lear’s The Pelican Chorus.

We’re also hosting Sounds Digital, a week-long celebration of sound design installations in our new Linbury Gallery.

Entry to both events are free. See you here.

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It’s all happening for RWCMD’s theatre designers this year. In the spring, the students get involved in setting up the Society of British Theatre Designers Transformation and Revelation exhibition, which saw the top designers from the UK exhibiting their work at the college.

Then there was Michael Sheen’s Passion for National Theatre Wales – a team of student designers from the college worked alongside Wildworks on the project, using the project towards their final assessment.

And now there’s the Linbury Prize, the UK’s most prestigious prize for stage design, which gives graduating designers the chance to work with some of the UK’s leading directors and theatre, opera or dance companies. Two students who graduated in July – Holly Pigott and Jacob Hughes – have made the shortlist.

Two other graduates – Cai Dyfan and Gudny Sigurdardottir – also made it into the final 20. Cai is going to be working with National Theatre Wales from this autumn, and Gudny will be designing A Clockwork Orange for Volcano Theatre Company.

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Watch out, watch out there’s a giant octopus about…

Final rehearsals for the sell-out puppetry performance Black Sail, White Sail that starts this weekend.

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