Twelfth Night

Written by William Shakespeare in 1602, Twelfth Night was a romantic comedy centred on the twins Viola and Sebastian, and their strange love encounters.

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Twelfth Night is such an amusing comedy, so I wanted to design it with fun. I researched different games to find inspirations for my stage to make it playground-like.

Research

Real human-sized chess game interested me. Also, I found it very suitable to depict the dynamic of the two houses in the script.

Inspiration and Development

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After trying in different ways to adapt the concept into a stage, I decided to have my sets printed on semi-translucent screens. All those screens can move freely through the rails hiding under the floor.

LED screens were set on the floor so the floor patterns could be changed. This design was later used to emphasise the dynamic.

Malvolio
Malvolio

Malvolio’s two outfits were designed with similar elements, but everything got exaggerated in the later version. Also, he kept a key to the whole house around his neck.

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Olivia
Olivia

Expected to be an old lady when she veiled herself. However, when she showed her face it turned that she was quite a happy teenager. It was to make the audience feel this shame that a passionate lady decided to vail herself in such a young age.

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Maria
Maria

Olivia’s sly maid. She had embroidery on her apron and a little touch of accessories. This indicated that she worked for a noble house. Her blouse was made of thin muslin, showing she is a sexy woman.

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Curio
Curio

Followed Duke Orsino's fashion, in a humble way.

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Duke Orsino
Duke Orsino

He wore a lace ruff showing his appreciation of Olivia’s House’s fashion and his narcissism.

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Valentine
Valentine

Followed Duke Orsino's fashion, in a pride way.

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Viola
Viola

The twin’s outfits are similar but Viola's is more plain.

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Sebastian
Sebastian

The twin’s outfits are similar but Sebastian's is more luxurious.

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Reverend
Reverend

A reverend with an awkward smile on his face. He does not know what is going on.

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Sir Toby
Sir Toby

Troublesome elder. Wear prime colour.

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Sir Andrew
Sir Andrew

Troublesome elder. Wear prime colour.

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Fabian
Fabian

A foreign servant wore the humblest servant outfit.

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Costume

Based on Elizabethan outfits, each house had different colours. Olivia’s House wore generally gold and black colours outfits, while Duke Orsino’s House wore silver and blue.

Storyboard

A1S1
A1S1

Valentine brought the news that Duke Orsino had failed to court Olivia.

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A1S2
A1S2

Viola came to Illyria because of a shipwreck and decided to dress up as a man to serve Duke Orsino.

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A1S3
A1S3

Sir Toby wants to introduce Sir Andrew to Olivia. The two are mocked by Maria.

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A1S4
A1S4

Duke Orsino asked Viola to help himcourt Olivia.

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A1S5
A1S5

Viola came to persuade Olivia with her own words. However, Olivia did not appreciate it.

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A2S1
A2S1

Sebastian thought that Viola was dead and told Antonio about his missing sister.

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A2S2
A2S2

Malvolio handed over Olivia’s ring to Viola. Viola realised that Olivia fell in love with her.

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A2S3
A2S3

Sir Toby and Sir Andrew had a drink and was rebuked by Malvolio. The two and Maria had a plan to tease Malvolio.

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A2S4
A2S4

Viola tried to get Duke Orsino's thoughts on herself.

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A2S5
A2S5

Sir Toby, Sir Andrew and Fabian hide and listen to Maria's letter as Olivia wrote to Malvolio. Poor Malvolio thought that Olivia fell in love with himself.

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A3S1
A3S1

Olivia pursued Viola.

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A3S2
A3S2

Sir Andrew is prepared to duel with Viola under Sir Toby and Fabian’ suggestion. Maria brought good news: Malvolio was completely fooled by the letter.

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A3S3
A3S3

Antonio told Sebastian about his previous experience of being a pirate here. They agreed to meet at the hotel for an hour.

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A3S4
A3S4

Malvolio believed Maria’s letter. Olivia is puzzled by Malvolio’s abnormal deeds. Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, Maria and Fabian continue to make fun of Malvolio. Viola was forced to fight with Sir Andrew. Antonio was arrested and asked Viola for help.

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A4S1
A4S1

Sebastian was treated as Viola by Olivia. He fell in love with Olivia at first sight.

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A4S2
A4S2

Maria dressed Feste as a priest and teased the imprisoned Malvolio.

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A4S3
A4S3

Olivia and Sebastian married under the witness of the priest.

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A5S1
A5S1

The Duke wants to kill Viola. Olivia was forced to admit that she had married to Sebastian. Viola and Sebastian finally recognised each other. Duke Orsino proposed to Viola. All were happy.

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Screens are manipulated by the characters, mostly by servant characters, according to the scenes.

Ground Plan
Ground Plan
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Ground Plan
Ground Plan
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Screen
Screen
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Wheels
Wheels
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Technical Drawing and Sample

Technical drawings and some samples were made to show what it will look like in the real performance.

Bathtub
Bathtub
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Ship
Ship
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Shipwreck
Shipwreck
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Sample Chair
Sample Chair
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Frame
Frame
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Arch
Arch
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Sample
Sample
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Sample
Sample
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