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Gregor Donnelly

Gregor was born in Edinburgh and has had a long career working in the National Health Service and Voluntary Sector in a variety of both clinical and managerial roles.
Having always had a passion for theatre, both through performing on stage and then designing for stage in the amateur arena, he decided to take the plunge and apply to train as a Theatre Designer. So, after a 20-year health service related career he successfully gained a place on the highly respected Motely Theatre Design course which was based in the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Gregor resigned from his job, sold his Edinburgh flat and his ‘new’ car (a red sporty one!) and headed south to a studio flat in London with a few boxes of possessions and no job!
Having qualified as a Set and Costume Designer from Motley in 2011 he has designed numerous productions both in the UK and abroad.

Training: Motley Theatre Design Course, London

Current / Forthcoming Designs: Oliver Awards 2018 Media Suite (Royal Albert Hall) Damn Yankees directed by Martin Duncan, Handel’s Xerxes directed by Tania Holland-Williams that will tour Scotland in 2018

Set & Costume Design Credits include: I Loved Lucy (Arts Theatre / Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City), Cat - the Play! (Ambassadors Theatre), J.B. Priestley’s Benighted (Red Lion Theatre), Opera Scenes and Makers (Guildhall in association with the Royal Opera House), Rumpy Pumpy (Windsor Theatre Royal / Union Theatre), Turn of the Screw (Byre Theatre / Scottish tour), Shirley Valentine (Byre Theatre), The Autumn Garden, The Green Bay Tree, Sondheim’s The Frogs, Closer Than Ever and Gay’s The Word  (Jermyn Street Theatre), Into The Woods (Rose & Crown), Laughing Matters starring Celia Imrie (Crazy Coques, Piccadilly), Love and Lust in Lewisham and Making Dickie Happy (Tristan Bates Theatre), The Great British Musicals (St James Theatre / London Hippodrome), Daisy Pulls it Off (Upstairs at the Gatehouse),  Dirty Dating (Stockport Plaza / Epstein Theatre, Liverpool), Someone To Blame, Susanna’s Secret, La Bohème (Revival) and Barber of Seville (Revival)  (King’s Head Theatre), The World Goes Round (Canal Cafe Theatre), Perchance to Dream (Finborough Theatre), The Mikado, (CCO tour, London and Tenerife), La Bohème (Thaxted Theatre), A Dinner Engagement and Comedy on the Bridge (Rosemary Branch Theatre).

Set Design Credits: Media Suite (2017 Olivier Awards, Royal Albert Hall)

Costume Design Credits: The First Man and The Last Ones (Jermyn Street Theatre), The American ClockOutward Bound and Drama At Inish (Finborough Theatre)

Nominations: West End Offie for Best Set Design (Benighted), West End Offie for Best Costume Design (Benighted), West End Offie for Best Costume Design (The Autumn Garden)

Session: Costumes Through the Ages (Short Course)

“Costumes are the first impression that you have of the character before they open their mouth - it really does establish who they are.” Colleen Atwood

Do you have a passion for and an inquisitiveness about costume?
Are you responsible for costume design in your society or company?
Have you aspirations to succeed in the world of costume?

This short research-focused course looking at clothing through the centuries is just what you need!

In a fun, relaxed learning environment you will develop your understanding and appreciation of clothing.  You will discover the key elements of period silhouettes, look at construction, palette, fabrics and generally feel more confident in your knowledge…whether designing or sourcing costumes for productions, laying out a costume plot, or generally looking to have an informative relaxed time looked at a different aspect of theatre.

By the end of this short course you will

This course is for students with a keen interest in costume and desire to deepen their historical knowledge.

Costumes Through the Ages will run from Tuesday to Saturday and can be combined with It’s a Small, Small World to make a week-long design course

Tutor – Gregor Donnelly

What students say…

“My Favourite aspect of the course was learning the basics of drawing without having to be an "artist" “

Session: It’s a Small, Small World (Short Course)

“The details are not the details, they make the design.” Charles Eames

Are you interested in model making to convey theatre design?
Or is your interest simply as a stand-alone hobby for example making doll’s house furniture?
Do you want an opportunity to focus in detail on this specific aspect of design?
Are you in search of a fun, relaxed learning experience to develop model making skills and produce some miniature works of art?

If the answer is yes, we have the perfect short course for you!

This intense short course will focus on ‘advanced’ model making skills and knowledge. It is preferably for those who have some prior model making experience, e.g. any student who has previously undertaken a Set Design course where model making was a key element of the course, (however please note that this is not essential). There will be no expectation on students to design a production during the course, as all model making assignments will be advised by the tutor.

By the end of the course you will

NB Students should be prepared to engage in very small-scale detailed work (remember your glasses!)

It’s a Small, Small World will run from Saturday to Tuesday and can be combined with Costumes Through the Ages to make a week-long design course

Tutor – Gregor Donnelly

What students say…

“Being challenged, positively, to think in new ways and being pushed well out of my comfort zone to discover capabilities I had underestimated in myself.”