How would a neo-gothic design effect a 21st century production of Tom Richards 2008/10 translation of “a crime in a madhouse” (un crime danse une maison de fous) by Andre de Lorde & Alfred Binet visually & in terms of themes?
This study explores how applying a neo gothic design to a translation of “un crime danse une maison de fous” would affect the play visually and how this might enhance the themes within the play. This was measured through trial and error analysis and reflection of building a model box of a theatre of my choosing and designing a neo gothic set for this particular play. This process looks at the differences that a neo gothic design would have when dressing this play on stage. It was through experimenting with different design techniques and researching both the text and the neo gothic design that several key points of merging between the two started to appear. The study concludes that there is some evidence to suggest that applying a neo gothic design to this text would enhance the themes and visual effects within the play to make it a well-rounded gothic revival piece of theatre. To understand how this would further effect the themes within the play it would require a more thorough exploration of the material