Carly Brownbridge MA Professional Theatre Design
Actors on dimly lit stage holding umberellas

Carly Brownbridge

Carly Brownbridge

MA Professional Theatre Design

Carly is a Set and Costume Designer who works across theatre, opera, events, film and TV. She has a degree in Drama Studies and, prior to studying at BOVTS, worked in higher education and commercial design for eight years before finding her way back to theatre.

During the course Carly was the Set and Projection Designer for The Laramie Project at Bristol Old Vic. She is currently working on a site specific, socially distanced live broadcast of two Edward Allen Baker plays for the Bristol Arts Channel.

Carly’s work often takes inspiration from the seemingly mundane and overlooked details of the world. She is excited by working with text, particularly new writing and enjoys creating worlds that intimately connect the audience with the story.

You may be interested to know that her favourite musical is Caroline, or Change and her design process is aided by Hector, a small and very excitable dachshund.





Figures holding umbrellas walking under bright lights and rain in The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project

Set and Projection Design for The Laramie Project at Bristol Old Vic Weston Studio. Written by Moises Kaufman and The Tectonic Theatre Company. Directed by Nancy Medina. Costume Design by Bea Wilson. Lighting Design by Jen Roxburgh.

The Laramie Project is a verbatim play, documenting the aftermath of the violent murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998. The design is a minimal transformative space that references the vast and rugged Wyoming landscape. Projection is used both to underscore the story through abstracted weather and to overwhelm the space as the world media invades the town.

Set and Costume Design for Benjamin Britten’s opera at the Royal Opera House Model set design by Carly Brownbridge

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Set and Costume Design for Benjamin Britten’s opera at the Royal Opera House with Director Daniel Slater. This theoretical design relocates the forest to an abandoned stately home during WWII, overrun with evacuees who have turned it into their own magical playground. To return to Athens we fast forward in time, past the end of the war as the house is restored to its former glory.

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Set and Costume Design for Lorraine Hansberry’s play at the Bristol Old Vic

A Raisin in the Sun

Set and Costume Design for Lorraine Hansberry’s play at the Bristol Old Vic with Director Richard Beecham. Set during the post war era in Southside Chicago, this theoretical design takes a voyeuristic perspective on the world in which the Younger family are trapped.  

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Designer Carly Brownbridge talks about her work on the double-bill production of Edward Allan Baker’s one-act plays, North of Providence and Dolores, directed by Victor Lirio. Original production pre-lockdown was scheduled for a Wardrobe Theatre run in May as part of the BOVTS Directors’ Cuts 2020 season.

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Working relationships made at BOVTS often extend beyond the course, design commission rates are excellent, it’s fantastic to see the graduates embracing successful and rewarding careers as Performance Designers in a professional environment. Angela Davies, Head of Performance Design