We are currently seeking sponsorship to support the creation of theatrical art pieces, each one a ‘Theatre in a Box’, produced by a renowned theatre designer and a team of crafts people.

Industry stalwarts & world renowned names committed include Richard Hudson (set designer for The Lion King), Rae Smith (designer for War Horse), Rob Howell (designer of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda) and Lez Brotherston (New Adventures designer for Swan Lake), Antony Mcdonald (designer and director, Royal Designer for Industry).

Each designer will be joined by some of their regular collaborators – costume makers, milliners, dyers and prop makers; the people who create the magic of theatre – all donating their skills and time.

As work schedules are compromised by the ravages of the Covid-19 pandemic, and normal life is paused, we have a unique opportunity to record their skills, and use this time for a positive end.


  • An art piece, an heirloom, a curiosity, a record of the creativity, quality and flair of contemporary design and craftsmanship that contributes to the theatrical process

  • A snapshot of the diverse creative landscape of the contemporary theatre design scene of 2020

  • A reaction to enforced isolation in the time of the Coronavirus- a new way for designers to tell their stories

The boxes will be photographed for an interactive website and then be available for exhibition and educational purposes. At project end, they will be donated to appropriate charitable institutions.

We envisage this project to have a lasting legacy.

Nicola Killeen is the projects creator and working with Tahra Zafar they are co-producing the project. Both Nicola and Tahra are creatives who have contributed to iconic projects over the past 30 years working behind the scenes in the theatre, film, television, events and fashion industries.

The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and social situation. The theatre is a spiritual and social X-ray of its time. The theatre was created to tell people the truth about life and the social situation.

Stella Adler
Stella Adler Studio of Acting