Mad Forest – Arden School of Theatre


Written by Caryl Churchill

Directed by Paul Jaynes

Lighting Design by Richard G Jones

‘Mad Forest’ is a portrait of Romanian society circa the Christmas Revolution in 1989. The story focuses on two families of different classes to reveal what life was like under the totalitarian regime and the results of the revolution. The play’s many brief scenes are almost cinematic in their presentation of events as seen by ordinary people trying to live in peace.


I used bold three-dimensional structures in muted greys to create an austere and abstract world. Use of lighting and gauze allowed us to flick quickly between the scenes, catching moments of reality and emotion in a world where everyone is hiding.