The Last Wife

“(The Last Wife)… has introduced Ottawa audiences to a sterling designer in the person of Shannon Lea Doyle: she delivers a quietly brilliant set that manages to frame the drama superbly without evoking too specific a time and place, and has created costumes capable of meeting that trickiest of requirements — defining temperament.”
– Jamie Portman, Capital Critics’ Circle Link to review

“Shannon Lea Doyle’s set is like a modern, minimalist nod to M.C. Esther’s famous print, Relativity, with its high, slight archways that seem to create a strange illusion of false perspective.”
-Kat Fournier, Capital Critics’ Circle Link to Review

“Production design is sumptuous though simple. Katherine dresses much like England’s current Princess Kate, while young Edward wears the sweaters and shorts of boys in modern manor houses. Mary’s costume, reminiscent of a novice nun, is also a highlight. Jewels are used to signify royal position. The set is clean and effective (Shannon Lea Doyle), brought to life by Martin Conboy’s lush, emotive lighting.”
– Caitlin Baird, Link to review

“The dramatic device of melding past and present is effective, made more so by sparkling interchanges, the clarity of Esther Jun’s direction by and Shannon Lea Doyle’s economical highly workable set that enhances the action.”
-Iris Winston, Capital Critics’ Circle Link to review

The Last Wife by Kate Hennig
Directed By Esther Jun
Set and Costumes designed by Shannon Lea Doyle
Lighting designed by Martin Conboy
Sound design by John Gzowski

Set Design Process

Sketches and Models

References and Inspiration

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