Faith Hope and Charity
**** The Guardian ****Time Out
**** Daily Telegraph
Natasha Jenkins’s set is a masterpiece of realism. The Dorfman convinces utterly as a community centre on its last legs – grubby walls; leaking roof; a tiny yard planted with roses and cyclamen, bright splashes of colour against all the municipal beige.
**** The Times
Natasha Jenkins’s strip-lit set, with
the house lights kept up, makes it feel
barely like theatre.
**** Evening Standard
The gripping naturalism – half-finished sentences and non-sequiturs – is matched by Natasha Jenkins’ extraordinary set. It’s the community centre we all know from childhood birthday parties and after-school clubs; stacked chairs, fireproof doors, a wall with crayon marks.
**** Time Out
And there is wonderful work from the creative team, especially designer Natasha Jenkins: in her almost hyperreal design, the Dorfman becomes the community centre, engulfing us, swallowing us and startling us as the lights go on dazzling bright or switch off to total blackout.
This (production) is rooted in the most
convincing evocation of real life
(courtesy of designer Natasha
Jenkins) it is possible to imagine.
**** The Stage
Natasha Jenkins’ set design complements this sense of naturalism with a painstakingly realistic set, all damp-stained walls and doors receding into interior spaces. There’s even a tiny, concreted outdoor area lashed by rain. Provocative lighting design from Marc Williams leaves the house lights up almost continually, simultaneously inviting the audience in to the space and confronting us, nakedly, with the injustices we’re witnessing.
**** Whats on Stage
This unprepossessing space, captured in all its grimy, utilitarian dinginess by Natasha Jenkins' set, is a haven for the people who come here.
**** Financial Times
This is a deeply moving and compassionate play about basic human kindness and the significance to us all of the fabric of society.
- Role Set and Costume Designer
- For National Theatre
- Date September 2019
- URL www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/faith-hope-and-charity