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Mike Lees Designs


2005 Britten Theatre
W11 Opera
Directed Rob Kearley
Lighting Stephen Ley

"Designer Mike Lees has excelled himself for Antiphony. A red banner hangs, Nuremberg Rally style over the stage of the Britten Theatre. The word HELL is emblazoned obit in huge letters. After a minute or two it dawns on the audience that this grim object is a scrap torn from the masthead of Hello! Magazine, that we are incredibly small and the largest matchsticks become deadly weapons or the minute soldiers to wield. Inspired by the war-versus peace story, Mike has hit on a 1940's theme and produced a witty stream of wartime stereotypes. The warrior queen becoming a Rita Heyworth look-alike and her opposite number in the worker colony was the epitome of good breeding in Dior and white gloves. The workers themselves in pinnies and hair curlers came straight out of a world war 2 propaganda film. The stage bursting with visual jokes."
Opera Now

"Designer Mike Lees doesn't miss a trick with his witty set designs of towering coke cans and giant swan Vesta matches to evoke the Ant's nests."
Evening Standard
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