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design for performance

Date: March 12, 2007

I have been looking at your website and was wondering if you could help me, I am in my third year of university studying design for performance. This involves set and costume design for theatre and film.

I am currently working on a new piece of writing and i plan to design a huge dome for the performance to take part in. An audience of fifty will be sat in the middle and the performance will take place around them. There will need to be four entrance and exits for the actors to come on and off stage and i plan to have three projectors outside to back project onto the dome so the audience feels enclosed in the surroundings. I have looked at different ways of creating this dome, but i would prefer there be no supporting structure on the inside,so there is more space for the audience and performance space. This means it either needs to be supported from the outside or self supporting. I have looked at geodesic domes but I am worried the supports will cause too many shadows. This is a hypothetical project at the moment but myself and the director are in talks of getting funding for it so i would therefore like my designs to be as realistic as possible.

The dome is 12metres 80 in diameter and 5metres 40 at it’s highest point.

thankyou for taking the time to read this, any help you could give me would be much appreciated,

Yours sincerely,


Hi Rebecca

The largest dome we have is 31′ . It is 16′ tall and has 4 doors. All strcture is to the outside. This may work for you. Also see Photos near the middle of this page:


Bob Gillis

Hi Bob,

Thank you so much for taking the time to get back to me, your information has really helped my project. The structures are amazing! It’s great that you sent the pictures of the performance taking place in the dome, gives a feel of the space to show the director. It also shows that lighting is able to be rigged as well.

Thanks again,