The musical tells the story about an elderly film diva which exploits a young writer's financial need and pressures him in staying with her. The projection and the videos in the background supported and enhanced the fabulous performance. The use of those digital images let us see Norma's past and understand her will to cling to her success. She is not capable of seeing the truth and does everything to push it away. Her victim fails to see the danger and the golden cage surrounds him, before he even realizes it. The movable parts of the set allow us to travel from Norma's mansion to the Paramount studios. The use of screens put us right into the heart of Hollywood - the centre of film making. The style of the performance suited the glorious era and Norma's home and her costumes established her as grand dame. Each character's dressing allowed the audience to figure out their personality, even before we get to know them. There were only two distracting things: First, the bullies did not stand out in their suits and where therefore hard to recognize. Second, the tiled backdrop was too distractive to complete its function. The squares were meant to increase the tension, but instead made it visually overloaded. There was already a lot of different things going on stage, so that the audience eyes would not have needed this additional contrast of lines.
Projection Designer: Douglas O‘Connell, Set and Costume Designer: Colin Richmond