Es sets design standard


In the 12th weekly tour around the world of the arts, RyePod talks to the inspirational artist and stage designer Es Devlin, and this, the final episode of the first series of RyePod from Rye Arts Festival, goes live at 9am on Friday, July 24.

London-based Es spent some of her childhood in Rye, living at Jeake’s House in Mermaid Street, and recalls how the Rye Town Model was an inspiration and obsession, visiting it once a week if she could. Talking with Alisdair Kitchen, Es reveals how Rye runs like a thread through her work.

She announced herself as an innovative stage designer of real note at the National Theatre with Trevor Nunn, having started out at the experimental Bush Theatre. Her stage designs were more sculptural than traditional sets, and today she works creating installations in a range of mediums, in settings from a hotel in Miami to the top of a multi-storey car park in Peckham. She also found time to design the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics and the opening ceremony of Rio 2016.

This marks the 12th and final episode of series 1 of Rye Pod, and all can be listened to, with interviewees ranging from the Royal Opera director Sir Anthony Pappano to former Level 42 drummer Phil Gould, whenever you wish. RyePod is on all the major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. A full list is available at

RyePod will return in the autumn.

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