MAAN Hands in Crisis Drawing by Kim Lewis (med)

Much Ado… Wedding Day Crisis. Drawing by Kim Lewis

Demi-paradise is proud to have nurtured mutually beneficial collaborations between artists across different media. Since our foundation we have consistently engaged with fine art, contemporary & classical, to embed meaning & distinction in every Shakespeare production’s publicity material.

Othello & Desdemona: Sally Slade Payne

Othello & Desdemona: Sally Slade Payne

Othello Rehearsal Barry & Gabriel

Othello rehearsal: Sarah Bellwood

MAAN PC & Mrs Dogberry in Crown Court by Cathy Duncan

Much Ado…Cathy Duncan

With Much Ado About Nothing in 2012 we broke new ground by including artists in residence as an integral part of the ensemble. In the autumn of each production year the Dukes Theatre Lancaster had shown the artists work in their gallery. The exhibitions also toured to Lancaster University (International Shakespeare Conference), Keswick (Theatre by the Lake) and Hexham (Queen’s Hall). Six artists – Kim Lewis, Cathy Duncan, Sally Slade Payne, Sarah Jane Bellwood, Iain Sloan & Ceri Allen – used this placement to progress their practice.

Othello Exhibition Private View

Othello: Private View at Dukes Theatre Gallery, October 2014


allswellposter2Measure for Measure in 2001 utilised Holman Hunt’s painting of Claudio & Isabella (courtesy of Tate Britain). Simon Taylor was the local artist whose painting ‘Archeology’ was used for Macbeth. The Peter Layzell painting ‘Through the Window’ proved an apt image for All’s Well That Ends Well.

richardthirdposter2Designer Ian Steele’s  photograph of the working scales at J Atkinson & Co (Coffee & Tea Merchants Est. 1837) was used for The Merchant of Venice. Photographic image & typography for Hamlet were the creation of Andi Chapple (who also designed Merchant, Much Ado & Othello). With its distinctive art deco typography to reflect the period we set the action in, Richard III was a creative collaboration between Ian Steele, Stephen Tomlin and Jane Vicary.

Much Ado Readthrough: Kim Lewis photographing & Cathy Duncan sketching

Much Ado Readthrough: Kim Lewis photographing & Cathy Duncan sketching

Much Ado… and Othello used photographic images provided by Kim Lewis. Latterly production photographers were George Coupe & Kim Lewis. The first shows were photographed by the late Arthur Thompson and his son Neil Thompson.