Chris talks with set and costume designer Frankie Bradshaw. Frankie has had an incredible career so far, working at the National Theatre, the Donmar Warehouse, the Young Vic, the Royal Exchange in Manchester and Nottingham Playhouse. She has won and been nominated for several awards, including winning the Stage Debut Award for Best Creative West End Debut for Sweat at the Gielgud Theatre in 2019, which she worked on with director Lynette Linton. She and Chris first met when Frankie worked on Assata Taught Me at the Gate Theatre in 2017, for which she was nominated for the Off West-End Award for Best Set Design, an award she won the previous year for Adding Machine at the Finborough Theatre.
Topics include: drawing as a creative output during lockdown; creating PPE for NHS staff; shifting workloads over the past year; Frankie’s journey to becoming a designer and transitioning into the professional industry; using a model box; navigating into solo work; her design process; taking a research trip to Cuba for Assata Taught Me; projects Frankie is most proud of; bringing her aesthetic into her work; Zoom and the impact it may have on future work; Frankie’s history of work with a political edge; her feelings towards the future.