Full screen


Hannah Wilder Shopkeeper

Rosie Middleton: Mezzo-soprano
Clara Kanter: Mezzo-soprano

Creative and production team

Written and artworks by: Ali Hossaini
Music and direction by: Catherine Kontz

Video designer: Lucía Sánchez-Roldán.
Designer: Anna Cierpial
Lighting designer: Jacob Gowler
Sound designer: Henry Boothroyd

Production Manager and Assistant Director: Jake Steele
Technical Manager: Madeleine Collins
Wardrobe Supervisor and Scenic Artist: Ella Auckett
Stage Manager: Cassidy Davis
Prop Maker: Noah Bottrell

Jake Steele, current student on the FdA in Technical Theatre and Stage Management and production manager and assistant director on The Philosophy Shop, tells us more about the process so far:

"As part of this production we needed to record content for our projection walls. We turned the Gielgud Theatre into a film studio for two days, set up a green screen and set to work. Stage management, lighting, sound, technical management, video and the wardrobe departments all worked tirelessly to achieve difficult and creative shots that the team are now editing to prepare for projection."

From model box to fit-up - the design for The Philosophy Shop is currently being realised in our workshops and Gielgud Theatre, ready for this unique performance installation to open on 13 March.

Designer and second year RADA student Anna Cierpial explains more:

"The main design idea behind The Philosophy Shop is to take the audience through a journey from a well-known, comfortable world of object to a more abstract world of pure thought. By working closely with the video and digital design department, the set and costume are now an integral part of telling the story in a creative and immersive way.

We didn’t want to turn it into a cinema screening, but propose something completely different from other RADA shows."

Where to find us

Gielgud Theatre

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Malet Street
London WC1E 6ED
+44 (0)20 7636 7076

Getting here

By tube
Goodge Street Station: Northern Line 2 minute walk
Euston Square: Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan, Circle Lines
Tottenham Court Road: Central and Northern Lines
Russell Square: Piccadilly Line

By train
You can easily reach us by public transport links from London's major railway stations. The most accessible include Euston, King's Cross / St. Pancras and Waterloo