How stage designers transform the mundane into the extraordinary

For Malthouse Theatre’s immersive new production Because The Night, its designers have transformed the venue – even incorporating some of the outdoor spaces – to create a haunted new world.

‘I don’t know anyone who’s ever had the opportunity to make a work of this scale in this country,’ said set designer Marg Horwell of her role in Malthouse Theatre’s ambitious new work, Because The Night.

The familiar spaces of the Malthouse’s Merlyn and Beckett Theatres have been subdivided and transformed for the production, which also connects the two theatres via new, purpose-build corridors outside the building. It’s a large-scale, temporary redevelopment of the building that’s sure to bewilder and disorient visitors, even those who think they know the Malthouse well.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts