Platform Theatre, 2019
(devised theatre)

Writer: Ryan Yapp
Directors: Mallika Joy, Aggie Jurochnik, Maya Ross Russell
Choreographer: Gabriella Engdahl

Set Design: Jida Akil
Costume Design: Inigo Townsend, Isis Hurley-Jones, Jean Ocidio
Wigs, Hair, and Makeup: Sol Harding
Props Design: Yanyi Li, Hanqing Mao

Lighting, Sound, AV: Layla Bradbeer

A multi-media devised show set in 1980s East Berlin, using the visual framing structure of a lift posing as a psychological spac that revolves around the protagonist's dying moments after his murder. The audience is forced to piece together the non-linear narrative through a combination of nightmares and memories. Exploring themes of betrayal and surveillance, the nature–and inevitable struggle–of relationships is examined through the lens of a queer closeted protagonist surrounded by homophobia.

This design was selected for the Emerging Exhibition at World Stage Design (Calgary, 2022) representing Syria & Lebanon for Set Design.

 Photos: Monica Alcazar-Duarte

© Jida Akil 2023