The life and work of Richard Negri
A story of British theatre during the second half of the 20th century from the perspective of one of its foremost designers
de David Burrows
This book records the design work and ephemera that survived in Richard Negri's personal archive, discovered in a large cardboard box found after his death in 1999. Richly illustrated (and published for the first time) with more than 300 high quality reproductions, a majority of which are full colour, the book also includes additional production photographs that reveal the link between the designs and their realisation, many of which were discovered in the Mander and Mitcheson and Victoria and Albert Museum's theatre collections.
A series of interviews were conducted with some of Negri's key colleagues and collaborators: actor Bernard Cribbins, director Frank Dunlop, composer George Hall, playwright Ronald Harwood and lighting designer Richard Pilbrow. Full recordings are now held in the British Library.
Transcripts of excerpts from those interviews, (together with some of the author's own with the designer Johanna Bryant, actress Avril Elgar, lighting designer/production manager Michael Williams and the Negri family) are threaded through and underpin the book's narrative.
DAVID BURROWS was Head of the Theatre School at Wimbledon College of Art, London until 2009. The Theatre School comprised two Foundation Degrees, a large BA (Hons) undergraduate Theatre programme with five pathways and an MA in the Visual Language of Performance. He was previously Principal Lecturer and Subject Leader of two undergraduate courses: BA(Hons) Set Design for Stage and Screen and BA(Hons) Technical Arts and Special Effects as well as leading the country's first MA in Scenography for its first 5 years - 1989-1994. Since 2009 he has been working as visiting Associate Principal at a new academy of visual arts, AVA, in Ljubljana, Slovenia.