Amanda Stoodley

Amanda Stoodley Portrait

DESIGNER

Current and forthcoming projects include: JANE EYRE, EAST IS EAST (Octagon Theatre); THE LAST TESTAMENT OF LILLIAN BILOCCA (Hull Truck Theatre & Hull UK City of Culture 2017). 

Theatre and exhibition credits include: ALL I WANT IS ONE NIGHT (Royal Exchange & Wilton’s Music Hall); TRIBES, THE EFFECT (Sheffield Theatres); WINTER HILL, THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Octagon Theatre); HAMLET, BLACK ROSES (& UK Tour), TWO, WINTERLONG (& Soho Theatre); TRUTH ABOUT YOUTH Festival, MAKING AN EXHIBITION OF OURSELVES (AT HOME) (Royal Exchange Theatre) DR BLIGHTY (Nutkhut, 14-18 NOW, Brighton); A RAISIN IN THE SUN (Eclipse, Sheffield Theatres, Belgrade Theatre & UK Tour); THE MASSIVE TRAGEDY OF MADAME BOVARY (Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Peepolykus, Nuffield Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Northampton Royal & Derngate, and UK Tour); THE FAMILY WAY, PRIVATE LIVES, DUET FOR ONE and SEPARATION, ROBIN HOOD, CAN’T PAY? WON’T PAY! (Bolton Octagon); UNTOLD STORIES (West Yorkshire Playhouse); ANON (Welsh National Opera); THE MAW BROON MONOLOGUES (Tron Theatre, Glasgow); THE MASQUE OF ANARCHY (Manchester International Festival), FIREFACE (JMK Award, Young Vic Theatre); MANCHESTER SOUND: THE MASSACRE, MANCHESTER LINES (Library Theatre); EPSTEIN (Epstein Theatre, Liverpool & West End); I KNOW WHERE THE DEAD ARE BURIED (24:7 Theatre Festival, Manchester); DARK SIDE OF THE BUILDING (Unity Theatre, Liverpool); INNOVASION - LIVERPOOL BIENNIAL (Hope Street Ltd.); FOUR CORNERS (Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool); WISH YOU WERE HERE (Liverpool Everyman).

Co-design and assistant design work includes: BEAUTIFUL THING, DOCTOR FAUSTUS, 1984, BLITHE SPIRIT, PUB and THREE SISTERS (Royal Exchange Theatre); BASKET CASE (Royal & Derngate Theatre); LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (Grand Opera Houston); CANARY (Liverpool Playhouse); FAITH HEALER (The Sydney Festival); TOP OF THE WORLD (Spike Theatre - on tour); CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (Novello Theatre); MOMO (Stadttheater Bern).

Awards include: Best Design, Theatre Awards UK 2012 for MANCHESTER LINES; Best Studio Production, Manchester Theatre Awards 2013 for BLACK ROSES

14 November 2017

THE LAST TESTAMENT OF LILLIAN BILOCCA

THE LAST TESTAMENT OF LILLIAN BILOCCA

THE LAST TESTAMENT OF LILLIAN BILOCCA is Co-directed (along with Sarah Frankcom) and Choreographed by Imogen Knight, is Designed by Amanda Stoodley and Liz Ascroft is the Associate Designer.

The Times ★★★★

“Exquisitely choreographed by Imogen Knight…hypnotically dreamlike”

“startlingly potent. Pungent with the tang of saltwater and tears, it’s big-hearted and simply beautiful.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-review-the-last-testament-of-lillian-bilocca-at-the-guildhall-hull-69ztrw5k9

The Guardian ★★★★

“What’s most interesting is the way the work reclaims the Guildhall”

“exhilarating and moving, a show made for and with the people of Hull”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/nov/10/the-last-testament-of-lillian-bilocca-review-maxine-peake-salutes-hulls-wonder-women

The Stage ★★★★

“Sarah Frankcom and Imogen Knight's production makes ingenious use of the whole building”

“A dimly lit, wood-panelled corridor seems to become the dank hull of a ship”

“It’s impossible not to be drawn in”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/last-testament-lillian-bilocca-review-guildhall-hull/

WhatsOnStage ★★★★

“without doubt a major achievement”

“The production by Sarah Frankcom and Imogen Knight takes every advantage of a wonderful site”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/hull-theatre/reviews/last-testament-lillian-bilocca-maxine-peake_45106.html

 

 

31 August 2017

THE LAST TESTAMENT OF LILLIAN BILOCCA is announced for Hull City of Culture!

THE LAST TESTAMENT OF LILLIAN BILOCCA is announced for Hull City of Culture!

Hull Truck Theatre and Hull UK City of Culture 2017 have announced their upcoming production of THE LAST TESTAMENT OF LILLIAN BILOCCA, a new play written by Maxine Peak, which will be staged as part of their final season of events in November this year. Imogen Knight is co-directing the piece with Sarah Frankcom as well as choreographing, and Amanda Stoodley is designing the set and costumes.

In this site-specific production audiences will follow Hull hero Lillian Bilocca, better known as Bil Lil, and her crew of head-scarfed women through Hull’s historic Guildhall, joining them in 1968 as they dare to speak out and take action to improve the safety conditions for their men at sea.

The show will run from Friday 3rd – Saturday 18th November 2017.

More info:

https://hulltruck.co.uk/whats-on/drama-modern/the-last-testament-of-lillian-bilocca/

The season announcement is also in BBC news today:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-41101415

06 July 2017

Amanda Stoodley is Designer on TRIBES at Sheffield Crucible

Amanda Stoodley is Designer on TRIBES at Sheffield Crucible

Kate Hewitt directs the regional premiere of Nina Raine’s powerful family drama, running in Sheffield until 22nd July.

What’s On Stage ★★★★

“Amanda Stoodley's handsome designs clothe the Studio in wood, exploiting different levels elegantly.”

“inventive, committed and supremely confident production.” 

“a blistering satire”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/sheffield-theatre/reviews/tribes-sheffield-crucible-studio-nina-raine_44032.html

Exeunt

“Amanda Stoodley’s stylish set sees the Studio turned into a typically middle-class family’s front room, all shiny wood and split levels.”

“much to admire and enjoy”

http://exeuntmagazine.com/reviews/review-tribes-sheffield-crucible/

Broadway World ★★★★

“a really worthwhile watch - funny, emotive and very well put together.” 

http://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Review-TRIBES-Crucible-Studio-Sheffield-20170704

04 May 2017

Amanda Stoodley is Designer on TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL at Bolton Octagon

Amanda Stoodley is Designer on TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL at Bolton Octagon

The Observer ★★★★

“temporal and eternal realities underpinning Brontë’s novel are conjured, in Amanda Stoodley’s design, by broken, dry-stone walls suggesting snug homes and wild moors” 

“finely tunes Brontë’s past to our present.”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/apr/16/the-tenant-of-wildfell-hall-octagon-bolton-review

The Stage ★★★★

“good-looking and atmospheric”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/tenant-wildfell-hall-review-octagon-theatre-bolton/ 

Manchester Evening news ★★★★

“manages to use the same limited stage space to transport the audience around different locations and periods in the characters' lives with just a few prop changes is remarkable.”

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/review-tennant-wildfell-hall-bolton-12850005

22 September 2016

Amanda Stoodley is Designer on TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at Octagon Theatre

Amanda Stoodley is Designer on TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at Octagon Theatre

Playing in Bolton until 15th October.

Manchester Evening News ★★★★★ 

“To Kill a Mockingbird also sees the return of award-winning designer Amanda Stoodley, who has worked on many Octagon Theatre productions, and her clever adaptive set worked well in portraying both the Finch neighbourhood and those dramatic courtroom scenes”

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/theatre-news/review-kill-mockingbird-octagon-theatre-11878344

The Reviews Hub ★★★★

“Amanda Stoodley’s design transports the Bolton audience to 1930s America with a sand covered floor and wooden platforms that can be converted from front porches to fixtures of the court.”

“a powerful piece of theatre…that entertains, educates and challenges its audience”

http://www.thereviewshub.com/to-kill-a-mockingbird-%C2%AD-octagon-theatre-bolton/  

This is Lancashire

“Elizabeth Newman and designer Amanda Stoodley, pull the audience into Scout’s world with some very clever staging.”

http://www.thisislancashire.co.uk/news/14738413.REVIEW__To_Kill_a_Mockingbird_at_the_Octagon_Theatre/  

27 May 2016

Tom Piper and Amanda Stoodley are Designers on DR BLIGHTY

Tom Piper and Amanda Stoodley are Designers on DR BLIGHTY

As part of Britain’s Centenary Anniversary of the First World War Nutkhut, along with 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, Brighton Festival, and Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove, are presenting an ambitious programme of immersive performances and installations based in Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Garden. 

DR BLIGHTY is one of the untold stories of The Great War – Muslims, Sikhs and Hindu men left their homes for Europe’s Western Front.  Brighton became temporary home of recovery for thousands of wounded soldiers from the Indian subcontinent. It is their story Dr Blighty follows in an ambitious outdoor project, bringing together arts, heritage and education into a 6 day free public event finishing on Saturday 28th May.

Tom Piper and Amanda Stoodley have created the designs and costumes. Tom shares his thoughts on his latest blog post: 

“I have designed three ‘pavilions’ within the Gardens as a response to the images of the Hospital created within the extraordinary interiors of the Pavilion.  We have tried to imagine what it would have felt like to wake up in this environment, the feelings of loneliness and home sickness of men thrust into a strange exotic building, which we are sure the authorities felt would make them feel at home, yet in-prisoned and shielded them from the inquisitive Brighton public.”

http://www.tompiperdesign.co.uk/dr-blighty/

More info:

http://brightonfestival.org/event/8490/dr_blighty/

http://www.nutkhut.co.uk/projects/dance-and-performance/dr-blighty

15 February 2016

Amanda Stoodley opens MADAME BOVARY at Liverpool Everyman

Amanda Stoodley opens MADAME BOVARY at Liverpool Everyman

Peepolykus bring to life the Nineteenth Century novel, in a co-production with Southampton Nuffield, Bristol Old Vic and Northampton Royal and Derngate, and directed by Gemma Bodinetz. Amanda Stoodley is Costume and Associate Set Designer on THE MASSIVE TRAGEDY OF MADAME BOVARY, playing in Liverpool until 27th Feb, before heading to Southampton.

The Stage ★★★★

“Amanda Stoodley’s attractive period costumes.” 

“wonderfully tongue-in-cheek, fast-paced adaptation”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/the-massive-tragedy-of-madame-bovary-review-at-everyman-liverpool-breathlessly-energetic/

The Reviews Hub ★★★★ 

“this hysterically silly take on the classic French novel is a riot”

“a treat from start to finish.” 

“credit must be given to the brilliantly realistic cow complete with realistic veins on the udder… “

http://www.thereviewshub.com/the-massive-tragedy-of-madame-bovary-everyman-theatre-liverpool/ 

Liverpool Sound and Vision ★★★★★ 

“borders on the insanely brilliant”

“a cast iron play of absolute genius.”

http://www.liverpoolsoundandvision.co.uk/2016/02/11/the-massive-tragedy-of-madame-bovary-theatre-review-everyman-theatre-liverpool/

Liverpool Echo ★★★★ 

“a charming carousel of invention and idiocy with a serious story at its heart.”

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/theatre-news/review-massive-tragedy-madame-bovary-10869635

The Guide Liverpool

“Glorious”

“a surprisingly hilarious romp throughout”

“alive with witty dialogue, surreal humour and inventive direction”

http://www.theguideliverpool.com/review-massive-tragedy-madame-bovary-everyman/

Liverpool Confidential 

“Belly laughs punctuate the show like machine-gun fire”

http://www.liverpoolconfidential.co.uk/entertainment/review-the-massive-tragedy-of-madame-bovary-everyman

03 February 2016

Amanda Stoodley is Designer on A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Sheffield Crucible.

Amanda Stoodley is Designer on A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Sheffield Crucible.

Lorraine Hansberry’s landmark 1959 drama is directed by Dawn Walton and plays in the Studio theatre until the 13th of February.

The Guardian ★★★★

“sings out loud, angry and true”

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/feb/02/a-raisin-in-the-sun-review-lorraine-hansberry

What’s On Stage ★★★★ 

“it's still rich and the struggles it shows so eloquently…are still raw”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/sheffield-theatre/reviews/a-raisin-in-the-sun-sheffield-crucible_39632.html 

The Buxton Advertiser

“A stunning production”

“The set is immaculately designed.”

“rich, elegant, haunting, angry, compassionate”

http://www.buxtonadvertiser.co.uk/what-s-on/review-a-raisin-in-the-sun-at-sheffield-crucible-studio-theatre-1-7711617

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