INFO FOR SCHOOLS
POINT OF NO RETURN – DESIGN CONCEPTS
Hero image for 2018.
Even though the 2016 hero image below is still used now,
a new image was created to reflect the attitude of the boys
as a gang on the lookout for danger. To give it a darker feel
the black background was used and the photographer,
Ruben Duffy, also did graphic work over the original
photo which added some intensity to the atmosphere.
Red the leader, stares directly ahead. He has
blood on his hands and with arms folded he clearly shows
his position of power. Jeremiah looks down as the newest
member and the follower in the group.
Hero image for the 2016 performances.
This image was selected as the hero/main marketing image.
The boys are all looking out to sea as the next convict ship sails in.
They appear deep in thought which creates a sense of anticipation.
Rather than give the photo a traditional sepia overlay, it was felt
in keeping with the realism style, modern colouring and shading.
This would evoke a more immediate response instead of
looking back at an old forgotten time. The sailing ship was graphically
not only understands it is set in the past but evokes a sense of
anticipation of what the ship could be bringing. The building was
also added (denoting the barracks) giving a sense of place and
purpose to the setting.
Set Designer David Horne created a very effective set that was able to be enhanced through lighting as the mood and dynamics of each scene changed.
The settings for the play are the workshop/sleeping quarters, beach area, Hawkins’ area and solitary. Solitary is not seen in this image but was added as a large crate stage left (see below). The angled fragmented window is a simulation of the shoddiness of many of thebuildings at Point Puer. The window also allowed different lighting effects to come through for change in settings/mood/time of day. Hessian was used as sand to give an obvious different texture and therefore place, to the rest of the set.
Actual set built at the Wyndham Cultural Centre. Solitary box stage left. Note the 4 metre square platform set at an angle allowing interesting power positions for the characters. The platform displayed not only the rustic wood feature of a barracks, but created interesting performance spaces and levels.
Red (seated) has come to give comfort to Jeremiah who is in ‘solitary’ barely seen but only heard. The focus is on Red’s reaction to Jeremiah in solitary hence the spotlight on Red. Beach scene with old wood laid at angle, hessian for sand, polystyrene rocks and real plants.
Lighting Design The set was designed so that there are no physical changes throughout the play. Lighting is used to alter the audience’s focus to different locations All settings are visible at once and the actors move easily between these scenes. This helps the audience understand how connected each location would be and ensures there is always a sense of danger as a gang of boys, or a guard could appear at any moment. In some scenes it allows the audience to not fully shut out other characters who have an emotional investment in a scene whilst not physically being present. For example, when Red leaves to go to comfort Jeremiah in solitary, the other boys are still in view in the barracks (though dimly lit) as they anxiously await Red’s return.
The design of the set allowed for a basic but contemporary lighting grid to manipulate focus
and create or enhance mood. A hazer effect (not shown in photo) highlighted the light
coming through the window. Spot lights were used on Hawkins monologue separating his
space from the boys’ barracks and drawing the audience deeply into Hawkins’ world.
A blue wash dimly lit in the opening scene sets a darker mood as Jeremiah is introduced to the prison. This is in contrast to the following scene at the beach with has warm glow of sunrise and a more lively feel as the boys enjoy their banter.
A flickering led light placed behind the large rock with the boys active using sticks and sliced
apple created the illusion of cooking a potatoes of potatoes on a fire. The boys’ faces were
also warmly lit by the glow of the ‘fire’. In this scene the rest of the set is completely
darkened gives a strong sense of the boys being alone.