Laura Cordery is a UK based set and costume designer, primarily working in theatre but with experience in opera, dance, and film. She trained at RADA gaining a post-graduate diploma in Theatre Set and Costume Design. Before this, she studied Art History at Warwick University, and during her time there she began designing for productions in the Warwick Arts Centre.
Her work to date has varied enormously. She has designed numerous Shakespeare productions for the theatre on board the QM2, operas for Venetian Palazzos, storytelling pieces in transformed disused spaces, interactive spaces for physical theatre pieces, and giant bonfires used for outdoor performances. Laura’s explorative approach when visualizing character and text is playful, ambitious and bold. She is most interested in creating sculptural playgrounds where stories can unfold and where actors can play.
Laura continues to draw on her art history background and years of experience of world travel as valuable points of reference and inspiration. She is currently developing a broader practice as a visual artist, including mixed media drawing, painting, and small-scale sculptural works. Laura also teaches on the Set Design for Performance short course at Central St Martins.
Previous credits as Designer include:
EVERYTHING BETWEEN US (Finbourgh Theatre); VIGILANTE (Blueprint film); INIGO (White Bear); MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Ovalhouse); JUST THE TICKET (Bridewell); THERESE RAQUIN (Park 200/Finborough); VENUS & ADONIS (Scuola di Giovanni Evangalista, Venice); DIDO & AENEAS (Ca' Rezzonico, Venice); FRAGMENTS OF CLAY (Hong Kong Rep); GOOLE'S FRIENDLY GIANT, THE TEMPEST (West Park Goole) PRIDE & PREJUDICE, BARD ON BOARD, PRIDE & PREJUDICE, ARABIAN NIGHTS, CANTERBURY TALES, ROMEO & JULIET, HAMLET, MERCHANT OF VENICE, RICHARD III, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Cunard QM2); NINE DAYS THEY FELL, HIGH SOCIETY, LILY JONES' BIRTHDAY, FOUR (Vanbrugh/GBS RADA); WHEN CHAPLIN MET GHANDI (Kingsley Hall, Bow); THE DEATH OF KING CHOLERA (Seething Wells, Kingston); THE LOCAL STIGMATIC (Baron's Court); MISS JULIE (Greenwich Playhouse); LAMINATED (Tristan Bates). For costume only EKUL MIZAN (The Place) CONSTANCE (King's Head).
Previous credits as Assistant Designer include:
For James Cotterill on HAMLET (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company/RADA); FRACKED! (Chichester Festival Theatre/UK Tour); THE MIGHTY WALZER (Manchester Royal Exchange); THE WAR HAS NOT YET STARTED (Plymouth Drum); OUR SHARE OF TOMORROW (Theatre 503).
For Hannah Clark on SOUR ANGELICA for Opera North; IDOMENEO (Garsington Opera); 4.48 PSYCHOSIS (ROH /Lyric Hammersmith); QUEEN ANNE (RSC/Theatre Royal Haymarket); WIT (Manchester Royal Exchange); THE ORESTEIA (Shakespeare's Globe); BANK ON IT (Theatre Rites/Barbican).
For Katie Lias on SHAKE RATTLE & ROLL (Polka Theatre); for Robert Innes Hopkins on NOISES OFF (Nottingham Playhouse); for Liz Ascroft on CARMELITES (Grange Park Opera); PORGY & BESS (Copenhagen Opera House); for Neil Irish on CHRISTMAS CAROL (Derby Theatre) and JEKYLL & HYDE (Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre)