Bettina John did the Set and Costume design for NIMBY with Gravel Theatre.
About the play
Synopsis NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) explores what happens when people are forced to choose between their morals and their own quality of life. James and Bea live in ethically-responsible harmony in their beautiful, self-built family home. With their forest-friendly pinewood floors and their commitment to airmile-free avocados, they have an admirably balanced setup.
But unbeknownst to them the balance is about to tip…. The deeds to their back garden belong to George George, an enigmatic man who was once prolifically fertile, but more recently, is dead. When his estranged, and in some cases just strange, children come knocking with their own plans for the land, their idyllic home soon becomes a playground for society’s undesirables. For James and Bea it’s all fine in principle but: Not In My Back Yard.
About the design
The design focuses in particular on the confrontation of two very different worlds with its aesthetic and connotations. The living room of the couple wants to emphasis their urge to do everything proper. The design stands for order and a peaceful life that then gradually is invaded by intruders.
Written by Lola Stephenson
Directed by Elly Hopkins.
Produced by Make & Bake productions