A TRIP TO BRIGADOON
A PSYCHEDLIC ADAPTION OF THE HIGHLAND MUSICAL
Graduate Project 2018/19
‘A Trip to Brigadoon’ is one of my Graduate Projects taken throughout my final year studying at Edinburgh College of Art. I chose the production to adapt as I had an idea of creating an amalgamation of distorted reality, highland dress and all things obscure. The highland characters represent a promenade of events through protagonist Tommy’s mind whilst being affected by the psybicilin; magic mushrooms.
Twisting the characters and the setting, I enjoyed the idea of having visually strong costume designs contrasted against the vast landscapes of the Scottish Highlands. The idea of deep shadows and lighting for the set using trees and forestry excited me. Materials I aimed to use were mixtures of tartans, wools and traditional fabrics, combined with slick, contemporary materials like PVC plastic. This was done subtly throughout the narrative to engage the audience.
My overall aim was to create an otherworldly version of the original narrative. A story of hallucination and magical delusion. An artful experience which shows us that not everything is as it seems.
A TRIP TO BRIGADOON: Design by Callum Miller | Photography by Zaira Di Palma