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Abby Clarke

Designer Greater Manchester

Abby is a Performance Designer who works across the UK, designing sets, costumes and installations for performances. She enjoys collaborating with other theatre makers to make pieces of work that challenge and engage audiences. As well as working with more traditional scripts, Abby enjoys being part of devising processes and developing designs as part of rehearsal room conversations.
In her role as designer Abby is interested in how design can affect both the audience’s and actor’s role in the narrative. From something as simple as changing the position of a chair to creating an entire immersive space, her designs aim to help shape and communicate the relationship between audience, actor and narrative.

A portfolio of Abby's work can be found at


SET AND COSTUME CO-DESIGNER, Beauty and the Beast, Theatre by the Lake, 7 weeks, 2018 (Nominated for Best Designer for The Stage Debut Awards 2019)
SET AND COSTUME CONCEPTUAL DESIGN, The Linbury Prize for Stage Design 2017 (Finalist), National Theatre Exhibition, 2017, 10 weeks
DESIGNER, Alphabus, Great Northern Warehouse/ Manchester International Festival, 1 week, 2019
STAGE DESIGNER, Abida Parveen, Lyric Theatre, The Lowry, Manchester International Festival, 1 day, 2018
SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER, SWIM, Theatre 2, HOME Theatre, 1 week, 2019, Pleasance Beside space, Edinburgh, 5 weeks 2019
SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER, Luminosity, Theatre 2, HOME Theatre, 1 week
2019 SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER, The Taming of the Shrew, Theatre 2, HOME Theatre, 1 week, 2019
SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER, Our Friends in the North, Theatre 2, HOME Theatre, 1 week, 2019
SET AND PUPPET DESIGNER, Unfortunate, Underbelly, Edinburgh, 5 weeks 2019
DESIGN ASSISTANT, Pericles, Olivier, National Theatre, 1 week 2018
SET AND COSTUME CO-DESIGNER, Read all About It!, CET building/ Belgrade Theatre, 1 week 2018
SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER, Prince Gorge, Fuel, Manchester and Camden People's Theatre, 1 week, 2019
COSTUME DESIGNER, The Witching Way, Studio 1, Royal Exchange Theatre, 2 days, 2019
SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER, The Bathkeeper's Secret R&D, Withington Baths, 1 week, 2019
SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER, Image of an Unknown Young Woman, Caird Studio, 1 week, 2017


MA in Performance Design, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama 2016- (research ongoing)


2-5 years


Costume Design
Prop Making
Set Design
Site Responsive/Immersive
Working with disabled artists
Working with Young People


Latest Events

We are delighted that our associate company the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme (RTYDS) will be curating and delivering the program for emerging directors, producers, designers and artists whilst we temporarily reduce our key operations throughout June and July 2020.  Find out what events we have planned