Type: Object + Installation
Commisioned by: Stan's Cafe, RSC & Billesley Primary School
Collaborators: Matthew Foster (Fabricator), Golnoosh Ardestani & Year 5 pupils from Billesley Primary School
Stan’s Cafe is a nationally recognised touring theatre company based in Birmingham. They presented us with the challenging yet exciting brief to create a completely flatpack and mobile stage, which could fit into a standard sized transit van when collapsed. The design also required original theatre elements such as a proscenium arch and stage entries from both left and right.
Working with year 5 pupils from Billesley Primary School to develop the design, our response resulted in a contemporary take on the traditional stage. The majority of the structure used birch plywood with inserted captive nuts to speed up installation time, red vinyl created the geometric graphic front, and we built in 4 entry points including a slidable back door exit. Crucially, all components were designed to fit into the hollow base of the stage when flatpacked, keeping it compact for transit.
The flatpack theatre stage has now toured over the last two summers at The RSC and has featured a variety of performances. Further information and images of performances can be found here.