Fred Meller

Fred Meller Portrait


Theatre credits include: GUT, MEET ME AT DAWN (Traverse Theatre); A NUMBER (Edinburgh Lyceum Theatre); GRAIN IN THE BLOOD (Traverse Theatre); MILK (Traverse Theatre); SWALLOW (Traverse Theatre, winner of Festival Fringe First Award); A FEW MAN FRIDAYS (Cardboard Citizens, The Riverside Studios); BLACK COMEDY (The Watermill Theatre); WOYZECK (Cardboard Citizens, Southwark Playhouse); ALASKA (Royal Court); TIMON OF ATHENS (RSC, Cardboard Citizens & The Complete Works Festival: London, Stratford, Belfast, Southampton); THE FEVER (Young Vic); PERICLES (RSC, Cardboard Citizens); THE WHIZZ KID (Almeida); THE VISITATION OF MR COLLIONI (Platform Four Theatre Company, Salisbury Playhouse); LIFE WITH AN IDIOT (The Gate Theatre, National Theatre Studio); VARIETY (Grid Iron, Edinburgh International Festival); CALEDONIAN ROAD (Almeida, site-specific).

Fred is Course Leader for BA (hons) Performance Design and Practice at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London. She co-convened the Scenography working group at TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association), and is a Fellow of the HEA and The Arts Foundation.

 Fred trained at The Royal Welsh College and received an Arts Council Designers Bursary. She works on productions that are representative of the devised, collaborative and new writing agendas that are her concerns, and continues to work collaboratively for new writing and site-specific projects, alongside established texts in traditional theatres. 

Fred has exhibited at The Prague Quadrennial in 1999 and 2003, winning the Golden Triga, and was selected to exhibit at The World Stage Design in Toronto 2005, and in the National Society of British Theatre Designers Exhibitions.  Her work is also part of the V&A Museum permanent collection. Other awards include The Jerwood Design award and a Year of the Artist award.


04 May 2018

Frances Poet’s GUT premieres at the Traverse Theatre

Frances Poet’s GUT premieres at the Traverse Theatre

In her debut full-length premiere, GUT by Frances Poet opens at the Traverse Theatre, Scotland, to four-star reviews. This production features Design by Fred Meller and Music/Sound Design by Michael John McCarthy.

The Scotsman ★★★★

“the power of Frances Poet’s brilliant and intense new play lies in the ruthless honesty with which she lays bare the inner workings of our “age of fear”.”

“flawless – gripping, perfectly-structured, beautifully staged, and designed to ask fierce and vital questions”

The Herald ★★★★

“Poet’s play is troublingly in tune with a current wave of TV drama that picks at the psychological sores of a post-Yewtree climate”

“the ice-cool order of designer Fred Meller’s living room [is] noisily upended into chaos”

The Reviews Hub ★★★★

“Poet’s writing is cogent at stripping back the thin line between paranoid fear and trust.”

“A swing, arching back and forth across the stage reflect the child at the centre of this, but more so the tense emotions around him… Torrents of toys fall from the sky, shrieking the paranoid delusions of Maddy, all adding to the mise-en-scene sublimely.”

The Wee Review ★★★★

“This is Frances Poet‘s debut full-length play, yet her rich arts and theatre background shines through in the tightness of the script and the tying up of loose ends at the end.”

“Gut is a piece of great storytelling”

07 August 2017

Fred Meller Designs and Danny Krass Sound Designs MEET ME AT DAWN

Fred Meller Designs and Danny Krass Sound Designs MEET ME AT DAWN

MEET ME AT DAWN, by Zinnie Harris, is Designed by Fred Meller and has Sound Design by Danny Krass. It is on at the Traverse (as part of EIF) until the end of August.


The Stage ★★★★

“driving along with power”


The Scotsman ★★★★

“they are supported every inch of the way by Fred Meller’s understated island design…and Danny Krass’s impeccable soundscape”

“a 21st century classic full of its own passionate poetry, its own love, and its own despair”


The Herald Scotland ★★★★

“elegant production”

“Somewhere in this bittersweet elegy to things not quite passed, there is the holding on, then holding on some more”


“what is most touching is not the epic scope but the mundane details. The tap that Robyn watched overflow as she her mother took a call from the hospital about Helen is a focus of the set (designed by Fred Meller), which looks like the ruined hull of a ship”

“Meet Me at Dawn forces you to slow down, to be patient, to wait”