NAME: ISH MARRINGTON // ROLE: SET & COSTUME DESIGNER // SHOW: UNVEILING (GAY SEX FOR ENDTIMES)
What made you first realise you wanted to pursue a career in theatre?
One field of study informs the other: I also work across theatre design, fashion and illustration.
It was while I was studying visual art that I began to notice that I was becoming increasingly dazzled by the magic of live performance ~ the theatrical side of storytelling and with pen and ink I was continuously inventing some curious, otherworldly characters. I studied other humans a great deal – anyone really, everywhere I went. I was trying to tell their stories by expressing identity and their very existence, enhanced by elaborate, innovative costuming. So when the opportunity to study design for theatre presented itself it seemed completely ideal. I need as much outlet as possible for all the thoughts I have, and material I have gathered—stories and visions I have continuously explored over time.
What kind of works are you most drawn to?
I have always adored Fantastic Planet by René Laloux, anything related to the theatre design work of the Bauhaus masters, and more vaguely speaking, I am fascinated by the peculiar aesthetics of ancient oriental erotica, nightmares, natural history, and things that are ugly-beautiful. Obscure knowledge [as though I am hunting for forgotten riddles and reaching for the fully unexplored sentiments of the past].
What’s the most rewarding thing about what you do?
When you get assigned to a wonderful yet completely eccentric director like Joe Lui that trusts you and lets you run amuck; but at first the brief is full of mysteries to unlock and you have a few sleepless nights, digesting hard, until at last you fall into a daze, snapping out of it at last a sudden eureka moment – and he is still awake and replies to your message right away with some form of enthusiasm because he is also somehow awake at 4am. If it were easy then everyone would be doing it.
Where do you see theatre and performance in 10 years from now?
Illegal. Because a certain Cherish Marrington did something wild to it at some point.
What excites you about Perth?
That people leave here a lot and I get their jobs or belongings or something.
If you had to be an animal for one day, what would you be? Why?
Some kind of exotic bird with fine plumage. Or perhaps a budgie. Specifically my own pet budgie because he is treated very well indeed.