Somerset House Studios
Wed 31 Jan 2018

Chloe Lamford and Tom Scutt In Conversation with Ben Power

Wed 31 Jan 2018
18.30 - 20.30
River Rooms
New Wing

In this second event of the series, Chloe Lamford and Tom Scutt discuss their unconventional, sometimes radical approaches stage design for theatre.

An Associate Artist of the Royal Court, Chloe’s work explores how theatre can have different conversations with contemporary art practice. A frequent collaborator of controversial director Katie Mitchell, she regularly collaborates across art forms to explore theatricality, liveness and artificiality outside of conventional theatre spaces. An Associate Artist at the Donmar, Tom's work is at it’s most dynamic when bringing together different art forms, playing with the tension between perceived high and low cultures.

Though their practices are distinct, they share a commitment to subverting the traditional function of the theatre space and environment, and to demonstrating that these sets and structures can have meaning beyond the words spoken within them.

Moderated by Ben Power.

Show Room by Chloe Lamford


Ben Power is a writer, dramaturg and the Deputy Artistic Director of the National Theatre. Adaptations for the NT include the forthcoming English language premiere of Stefano Massini’s The Lehman Trilogy, DH Lawrence’s Husbands & Sons, Euripedes’ Medea and Ibsen’s Emperor & Galilean. Ben has worked as a dramaturg on over fifty productions at the National and was responsible for programming and running the temporary theatre, The Shed, during its three years on the South Bank.

Chloe Lamford is an internationally renowned stage designer, working in theatre, opera, music and installation. She trained in Theatre Design at Wimbledon School of Art. She received the Arts Foundation Fellowship for Design for Performance 2013. Chloe is Associate Designer at the Royal Court Theatre, London, and a resident of Somerset House Studios. She recently created The Site, at the Royal Court Theatre, a temporary theatre space and installation with five curated plays written in response to provocations and the space itself. 

Tom Scutt is a London-based Designer for the stage, working in Theatre, Opera and Live Events. He graduated from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2006. He is one of the youngest designers to have worked on some of the UK’s biggest stages. He regularly works at most of London’s major theatres including The National Theatre, The Royal Court, Almeida and Donmar Warehouse.