On this slide show I have given examples of visual influences which I have used to inform my design interpretation.
Underneath the castle are many man made caves and tunnels, this particular tunnel is called Mortimer’s Hole. On the night on the 19th of October 1330 King Edward III the rightful King of England entered the castle though this secret tunnel, where he and his men captured the Queen Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer who had usurping the young King and were ruling England in his place. Mortimer was taken to London for execution.Source: First hand Photography from the tour of theCastle Caves.16/05/12
Nottingham Castle as depicted on John Speedsmap of Nottingham, 1615.Source :http://www.nottshistory.org.uk/Brown1896/nottingham2.htm When designing this play I would use the castle grounds like an island, letting the audience explore all aspects with performance all around. I am particularly interested with the burnt rock from the fire in 1831, leaving a lava effect imbedded in the rock. I think this give an illusion of the island being dark and mysterious like its characters as shown in the image above.
In 1809 the cotton hosiery trade which supported over half the population of Nottingham entered a period of over 40 years depression. Wage cuts and steep rises in the price of food gave rise to theLuddite Riots in 1811. Political unrest culminated in the Reform Riots of 1831 and the burning of Nottingham Castle.Source: http://www.nottsheritagegateway.org.uk/themes/police.htm
Great Reform Act, 1832‘The passing of the Act was a mixture of politicalcircumstance and popular pressure. Divisions inthe anti-reform Tory Party allowed the veteranWhig reformer, Lord Grey, to become PrimeMinister in 1830. However, his Reform Bill wasrejected by the Tory-dominated House of Lords.It was the agitation from extra-parliamentaryradicals in the country at large that finallyconvinced a sceptical king and hostile Lordsthat reform was necessary. Reproduced here isthe manuscript text of the Act itself, togetherwith the schedule of boroughs to bedisenfranchised.’Source:http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pathways/citizenship/struggle_democracy/docs/reform_act.htm
This painting is one of the most important in British History, currently hanging in The National PortraitGallery, Hayter has captured The Representation of the People Act 1832 also known as The Great Reform Act 1832, in TheCommons House of Parliament. On the right-hand side are the Duke of Wellington and the Conservative Party and on theleft hand side the Labour party and is shown to be led by the Earl of Grey. Source: National Portrait Gallery