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Make a Scene: Twelfth Night in Italy

Evgenia Golubeva is the creator of our Italian inspired Twelfth Night.

This summer, we're inviting our visitors to help us set the stage for five special performances, each inspired by a different culture from around the world. Read on to find out more about Evgenia Golubeva, the artist behind our Italian inspired performance of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

Evgenia Golubeva - Italy

Evgenia Golubeva is a local award-winning artist who works across different media using watercolours, pencils and cut outs. She has collaborated with many large animation companies for film and television, books, magazines and in creating utilitarian designs for home and kitchen-ware.

Although Evgenia is originally from Russia, she has spent time living in Italy, learning about the culture and visiting remote villages. During her time there she completed a social project called “Animated Italy”. She also lived through an earthquake in L’Aquila which left her homeless and living in a camp.

In preparing for the project, Evgenia focused in on the coastal towns of Italy in keeping with the shores of Illyria in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

Her design includes a backdrop of Italianate houses above a sea of waves formed by moustaches on sticks, reflecting the disguise and cross-dressing in the play.

Twelfth Night or What You Will (written in 1601) is a tale featuring twins Viola and Sebastian separated by a shipwreck and the determination to survive. The disorder that occurs through grief, unrequited love, confusion and mishap is finally resolved in a play where no one is quite what they seem.

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