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'The Life and Work of Richard Negri' documents the development of post-war theatre design through an analysis of the extensive archive of Richard Negri, the eminent theatre designer and influential teacher whose vision was instrumental in the design and construction of the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester completed in 1976. The archive consists of several complete sets of costume designs, set design sketches, scale models, correspondence (including the director Michael Elliot, Negri's collaborator for 20 years) and various items of ephemera, and press clippings of productions that Negri designed and directed.
Burrows, a former student, and long term colleague of Negri, was the conduit through which the archive became entrusted to Wimbledon College of Art according to the wishes of Negri’s family. Burrows' critical examination of this primary documentation initiated collaboration with National Life Stories at the British Library Sound Archive enabling oral history interviews with Negri's surviving key associates during the 1950s and 1960s. These include the playwright Ronald Harwood, musician George Hall, lighting designer Richard Pilbrow, theatre director Frank Dunlop and actor Bernard Cribbins. These recordings are now housed at the British Library Sound Archive. Amongst other themes, they explore the liberation of performance from the proscenium arch during the latter part of the twentieth century in Britain.
Additionally Burrows has interviewed Negri's family members and former students examining the relationship between Negri's working life as a theatre designer, his influential teaching role at Wimbledon School of Art and his responsibilities in supporting a large family.
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David Graham-Young is a more recent collaborator. A distinguished translator of contemporary play texts, particularly from Spanish, French, Portuguese and Polish, he is artistic director and founder of Contemporary Stage Company for which Burrows has designed the last five productions.
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > Wimbledon College of Art|
|Date:||01 February 2006|
|Related Websites:||http://www.davidburrows.com , http://www.contemporarystage.co.uk|
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|Deposited On:||26 Nov 2009 23:37|
|Last Modified:||18 Mar 2010 14:42|