An immersive sensory narrative spatially woven of architecture, performance and installation.

Everybody Dies in December


Set and lighting design for a dark comedy fringe play set within an embalming room - a journey of catharsis through ritual, death, grief, love and hope. The minimal and ethereal set allows for the subterranean space of the play to be defined through the lighting design. As the main character undergoes a gradual inner transformation, so too does the space evolve, shafts of light injecting new life into the dark and stagnant depths, giving the space a tangible, sculptural quality. The most concrete element of the whole set is a comical stand-in body (made to resemble a punching bag) which the main character interacts with and projects her emotions onto.

Location: Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace, Toronto

Script & Performance: Nancy Kenny

Direction & Dramaturgy: Ulla Laidlaw

Sound Design: Ali Berkok

Production Manager & Associate Lighting Designer: Wes Babcock

Photo credits: Devon Slack