Heather
Mort

Heather is a London-based production designer.
She works primarily in Film and Theatre.

Portfolio

Zombie Claus

2013

Absolute Radio’s Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show broadcast their 2013 Christmas panto ‘Zombie Claus’ live from the Soho Theatre, starring David Tennant, Shane Richie, and the Breakfast Show team.

I devised and designed set pieces and props – including Zombie Claus' terrifying skeletal reindeer hobby horse.

Photography: Absolute Radio/Matt Kent

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Prometheus Bound

2013

Fire Under the Horizon Theatre Company.

The production embraced physical theatre to bring this Greek text to the stage. I used a more modern approach to puppetry to bring ‘The Eagle’ to life. The bird, manipulated by Power and Force, the tormentors of Prometheus, is a physical presence on the stage from the opening moments.

Prehistoric rituals, society and cave art were sources of inspiration for the show’s scenography.

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Decline of an Empire

2012

British film depicting the life of St. Katherine of Alexandria. Starring Peter O’Toole, Edward Fox, Samantha Beckinsale, Joss Ackland and Stephen Berkoff, this film is now in post-production, and due for release in 2014.

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Romeo and Juliet

2009

William Shakespeare.
Contemporary dance piece.
Unrealised production.

A modernisation of the classic tale relocating the conflict of the two families to the Gaza strip. I took inspiration from the Prokofiev score to create a contemporary ballet where the star-crossed lovers are separated by religion, class, and war.

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Trojan Women

2011

Unrealised production.

A modernisation of the Greek Tragedy. I wanted to re-imagine the story and its key themes in a way that made it relevant to a modern audience. After much research I based the production in Darfur, Sudan with the production embracing traditional African Theatre, and the use of puppetry.

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Street Dreams

2011

Little Cauliflower Theatre Company.
Underbelly, Cowgate, Edinburgh.

Little Cauliflower’s Production embraces visual theatre, foley sound, object animation/manipulation and puppetry, to tell the story of ‘The Old Man’ and his life on the rubbish dump.

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The Machine

2011

Little Cauliflower Theatre Company.

‘The Machine’ is a piece of touring interactive street theatre initially produced as part of The MAD Project, which premiered for the Herne Bay and Whitstable Oyster Festival in 2011 and continues to tour. After Professor Allen is taken ill, his two assistants are left to fix ‘The Machine’, which has travelled for 3000 years planting all the world's seeds. They are going need all the help they can get.

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Build It And They Will Come

2011

Brick by Brick.
Jarman Plaza, University of Kent.

Site-specific, durational project that explored architecture within community. The builders/performers were given technical drawings of geometric shapes each morning by ‘The Architect’, over a period of seven days. They interpreted and built the sculpture from recycled/discarded items that had been collected and donated; items that would otherwise have been thrown away.

The final sculpture was a scale model of Canterbury Cathedral, an iconic landmark in the city.

Photography by Sam Westbury

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End Game

2011

Samuel Beckett.
Aphra Theatre, University of Kent

This was an experimental piece that set out to explore beyond the expectations of a Beckett Production. Black box produced, and naturalistically staged, I drew inspiration between the characters of the play and the real-life Collyer Brothers of the US, to create an environment that would define them. The architecture was constructed from the objects they had hoarded – their world was built by them, and imprisoned them.

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Statistically Speaking

2009

D-Activate Theatre Company.
Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury.

This was an experimental and episodic piece of Political Theatre. D-Activate wanted to explore the power of oration, and politics in mainstream culture. The set was part of the devising process, taking inspiration from the concept of ‘voting booths’ and ‘soap-boxes’. I created simple white architectural sculptures that could be used as building blocks to create the physical space of each scene.

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Reel

2008

Paul Shoulberg.
British premiere.
Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury.

‘Reel’ is a black comedy which explores the world of a film set. The challenge of the design was to create something that exposed the mechanics of the ‘set’, but also could be changed with lighting for the ‘filmed’ sequence – a play within a play!

Biography

Heather trained under designer Gary McCann and artist Sam Westbury at the University of Kent. She spent a year at the University of California, where she worked and trained with Luke Cantarella as his design assistant. Heather graduated from the University of Kent in 2011 with a first-class honours Masters specialising in Design for Performance.

After graduating, Heather spent a year with puppetry and visual theatre company Little Cauliflower, and designed her first feature film Decline of an Empire, which is now in post-production. Currently, Heather is designing a site-specific music video.

Contact

You can contact Heather at hmortdesign@gmail.com, and find her on Twitter at @heddiemort.

You can get updates on what Heather is working on by liking her Facebook page.

She looks forward to meeting you.