Gregory Smith

'I first worked with The Lyceum in 1984, leaving my job as an Assistant Designer at the National Theatre on the South Bank, to travel north to work with friends and colleagues I had met in Glasgow at the Citz, which was my first job after graduating from art school in London. Arriving at The Lyceum was a massive shock. I thought I had stepped back in time at least thirty years, especially when I went into the workshops and wardrobe at Roseburn. There was antiquated equipment, holes in the roof, rain and snow settled on the sets as they were being built and paint froze in the buckets. There were a lot of old men in brown coats, sweeping up and shuffling about moving things, the kind you see in backstage movies made by Gainsborough Films  and Pinewood in the 40s and 50s. Design wasn’t high on a list of priorities of anyone who held the purse strings, budgets and facilities were minute and outdated. It was very depressing indeed. However, Edinburgh was beautiful, I was young and I fell in love. Thirty years later, The Lyceum is transformed, and most of the transformation took place whilst I was lucky enough to work there, on some great productions, with exciting writers, directors and actors of course, but more importantly for me a designer, with some inspirationally talented and dedicated painters, builders and costumiers, without whom my work is nothing . It was a privilege to be part of the transformation that has been brought about and to have worked with all of those people who have made the Lyceum into the  vibrant modern company it is today.'

Gregory Smith

Tags: 1980s, Text