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Imogen Mcintosh-Roffey

Imogen Mcintosh-Roffey

If I could describe East Sussex College in one word it would be opportunistic. I’ve had the chance to work on live briefs including the Royal Opera House Design Challenge and Charleston’s Home exhibition. I chose to study at ESC for this reason, that and the facilities and materials available at the Lewes campus.

In 2019 I won ‘Best Set Design’ in the Royal Opera House Design Challenge for ‘Romeo & Juliet’. I also won Best Art in Show in the Charleston ‘Home’ Exhibition. It was fantastic to be selected as the winner. The competition welcomed entries from 42 schools and colleges all over the country. Judges from the design, production and marketing teams at the Royal Opera house judged the 85 finalists’ work.

My set design is minimal yet emotive; I aimed for the audience to feel an emotion and atmosphere from the set design along with their own interpretations of the piece.

I chose to follow the Director’s vision 2: creating a vibrant, powerful and relatable narrative that relates to today’s young teenagers. Through continued development I decided on an idea to create a rotating German expressionist set design, which included distorted buildings that weren’t to scale, reflecting the overwhelming and violent nature of society. The melted plastic gobo projection relates to the idea of the disfigurement of society as well as the denotative representation of an acid attack and its permanent scarring on society. The contrast in dark and light hues in the set design represents the theme of duality which runs throughout the narrative. The play is a good metaphor for the UK where consequently pure love is overrun by hate, ultimately leading to people’s own destruction.



Imogen’s winning set design in the ROH Design Challenge 2019

Imogen’s winning set design in the ROH Design Challenge 2019

My set design is minimal yet emotive; I aimed for the audience to feel an emotion and atmosphere from the set design along with their own interpretations of the piece.

I’ve learned a lot about time management and I’ve found my direction with my art through experimenting with a variety of mediums. I was lucky enough to have my art tutor as my personal tutor as well, which allowed me to constantly reflect on my journey of work with assistance.

As part of the unit working for Charleston, I had to prepare, plan and deliver a secondary school art class based on the 3D techniques I'd learned, I also had the chance to take the classes on a sculptural trail of our work within the grounds.

The thing I enjoyed most at ESC was being able to have guidance from the tutors yet the independence to explore and produce the best possible work. The college, particularly the art department, has the students’ best interests at heart, guiding students towards their next step.


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