A pair of plays linked by one woman’s vision

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Sarah Bacon: ‘What’s wonderful about this job is that it is never, ever the same twice. The learning curve is constant’ ALL PICTURES: MARC O’SULLIVAN

Sarah Bacon has designed sets and costumes for countless groundbreaking productions. But her latest project for the Gate Theatre has proved the most radical experience yet. She talks to Jessie Collins about how a grand experiment has turned into a thrilling adventure

Two plays. Two scripts. Two directors. One technical team. There has been something of an experiment taking place at the Gate Theatre, in its first productions of the year. It is new territory that has given rise to multiple challenges and learnings, says set and costume designer Sarah Bacon, whose previous work includes notable productions such as The Shadow of a Gunman and Anna Karenina in the Abbey as well as the recent runs of Assassins at the Gate. Add that to countless opera and film credits, and you’ve got a pretty impressive CV. Yet there was little in that CV to prepare her for these recent uncharted waters.

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