“artfully clean set” by Mayou Trikerioti

 ★★★★ from Julia Rank at The Stage - a "tightly wound" and "intelligent reimagining"

 “Mayou Trikerioti provides an artfully clean set design consisting of a room containing a chaise longue and decorated with sinister yellow walls that disconcertingly change shade and texture according to the lighting, to which Alice develops a kind of Stockholm syndrome in spite of herself.”



World Theatre Day by Mayou Trikerioti

"We live in a time when it is hard to see clearly. We are surrounded by more fiction than at any other time in history or prehistory. Any ‘fact’ can be challenged, any anecdote can have claim on our attention as ‘truth’. One fiction in particular surrounds us continually. The one that seeks to divide us. From the truth. And from each one another. That we are separate. Peoples from people. Women from men. Human beings from nature.

But just as we live in a time of division, and fragmentation, we also live in a time of immense movement. More than at any other time in history, people are on the move; frequently fleeing; walking, swimming if need be, migrating; all over the world. And this is only just beginning. The response, as we know, has been to close borders. Build walls. Shut out. Isolate. We live in a world order that is tyrannical, where indifference is the currency and hope a contraband cargo. And part of this tyranny is the controlling not only of space, but also time. The time we live in eschews the present. It concentrates on the recent past and near future. I do not have that. I will buy this. 
And if we were in Epidauros we could look up and see how we share this with a larger landscape. That we are always part of nature and we cannot escape it just as we cannot escape the planet. If we were in the Globe we would see how apparently private questions are posed for us all. And if we were to hold the Cyrenaican flute from 40,000 years ago, we would understand the past and the present here are indivisible, and the chain of human community can never be broken by the tyrants and demagogues."

Simon McBurney, World Theatre Day Message 2018 – Europe

Brexit by Mayou Trikerioti

The SBTD is fighting back on Brexit, on all things that have changed for the better in the last 20 years.

I tried working between countries and cross border in the early 2000s.. The EU made it possible, but sending my CV and images of my work to another EU country was not as easy as it is today.

At a time when interviews equalled a tube ride, little me + my leather portfolio from London Graphic Centre, I had to make up a basic html site, burn CDs with images and send them through post. Cheap red-eye flights were meant for students, not for professionals.

In the years to follow, open borders teamed up with technology aided this melting pot that gets bigger and bigger and has truly facilitated determination and made working bordereless possible on every level.

So now I find myself in Athens filming an Iranian film, in Lesbos filming a French film whilst collaborating with the Brussels based director-choreographer Tara D'Arquian on her Belgian/UK co-production Bad Faith which opened at the Laban Centre.

The design world has changed so much it has become more global and wonderful. It must not fold back on itself or stay split between film and theatre.