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Tech-Time Thursday: Jungle Bungle Set Design

This week’s spotlight on “Jungle Bungle” continues with Tech-Time Thursday! Designer Jacob Battista has given us an insight into the set design for the show, which will feature a backyard Hills Hoist Rotary Clothesline!

Jacob is a Melbourne based theatre designer and practitioner. Hi is currently a CAD Drafter with the Melbourne Theater Company. Jacob completed a Bachelor of Production at the VCA. Some of his design credits include, Hand to God, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Bad Jews (Vass Theatre Group); Rust and Bone (La Mama); True West (Matchstick); Songs for a New World (Blue Saint); MEMBER  (Fairly Lucid); Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune  (Collette Mann/45DS); The Lonely Wolf  (Dirty Pretty Theatre/MTC Neon); Therese Raquin (Dirty Pretty Theatre); Carrie The Musical (Ghost Light); Love, Love, LoveJumpers for GoalpostsBelleville and Out Of The Water  (Red Stitch). Jacob was the Associate Set Designer on Shakespeare In Love (MTC)

Jacob was a recipient of a Besen Family Scholarship at the Malthouse in 2016 working with Marg Horwell on Edward II and is also a recipient of an Australia Council ArtStart Grant.

“The show is set at school and in the backyard,” says Battista. “We use a traditional Hills Hoist clothesline which spins and uses the washing to take us to different locations. This allows us to quickly move location, whilst also telling the story that this is all in the head of our characters:  you can build any world you want in your own back yard.”

I am super excited about this show as it takes really beautiful and important story-telling to children of all ages.”

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