Press

Selected Press

 

Interview with Central Saint Martins

Praise for Dolphins and Sharks

"Anna Driftmier’s set transforms the Finborough stage into a tired office with impressive attention to detail and a quantity of stationery to rival any branch of Ryman. "

- Giverny Masso, The Stage

"The signs are excellent when you enter the Finboroush's latest set... The nostalgia for crap workplaces in instant and overwheling - more universal than its specific Harlem setting might suggest."

- Melinda Haunton, MyTheatreMates

"The set design is beautiful. The soundtrack beats re pounding. This is simply a quality production, with not a hair out of place."

- Thespyinthestalls

Praise for Radioman

"conjures the boat, the stars and the entire cosmos with pleasing simplicity"

     - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

"Anna Driftmier’s set is a stunner, an evocative assembly of old wood, the ghost of a boat"

- Natasha Tripney, The Stage

"Entering The Old Red Lion Theatre you can’t help but be intrigued by the set which is huge, making great use of the space, and yet even when it’s sans The Walker it seems to be brimming with history, a past life that is marred by experience and intrigue. There is great care in all the small detail that Driftmier has put into creating this set and this shows."

- The New Current

"A combination of Marine Le Houëzec’s lighting and Anna Driftmeir’s set created a solid foundation for the most beautiful moments in the play, and I think without the charm they brought to the show, it would not have been such a roaring success."

- Kara Alberts, West End Wilma

 

Praise for Dust Child

"after the show a kid and his carer came up to me behind the set and stroked my arm. The carer said 'he just wanted to thank you'. The child then proceeded to trace the drawing on the Blue Moon crate and mutter 'beautiful', after which he picked up a star can and did the same, trying out the light inside... The carer then said 'his autism means he sometimes doesn't really see the big picture, but he focusses in on small details and finds joy in those'"

- Performer Testimonial

 

Praise for East O' the Sun West O' the Moon

"Anna Driftmier's design concept is immaculately consistent throughout, simple and strong without being overpowering.... Driftmier's costumes are similarly impressive, in harmony with her overall vision."

- Charlotte Valori, Bachtrack

"Everything about this work was perfect from the simple set, bear costume, and puppet winds to the singing, and performances."

- Hilary Glover, Planet Hugill

 

 

Best Art Direction: Nation Down

Canberra Short Film Festival

Praise for Paper Hearts

"Anna Driftmier's set design is meticulously detailed and she is able to carry the audience directly into a dusty old bookshop. Piles of books, boxes, crates and a ladder play with the romantic aesthetic of the store, conveying its decay, and the vibe provided by the stacks of pre-loved books crowd the stage with their friendly presence."

- Cindy Marcolina, BroadwayWorldUK

"Anna Driftmier’s set – built largely from books, and full of delightful details like the floating book light (which is something I never knew I wanted until I saw it, and now it’s all I can think about)"

- Liz Dyer, Blog of Theatre Things

Praise for A Village Romeo and Juliet

"Anna Driftmier’s set is evocative. At the rear, distressed windmills flap and whirl, beside denuded tree trunks; in this barren world, one can imagine why the two farmers stake their claim for the wild pasture... ingenious."

- Claire Seymour, Opera Today

"Driftmier's very effective set was made of wooden elements which was constantly manipulated by the chorus, not only effecting scene changes but by their constant presence creating a sense of the community which puts so much pressure on Sali and Vreli's relationships. This was an opera centred on the concerns of a small town community, something which helped put the plot into context and providing the back-story which Delius omitted.... I found the production highly atmospheric and enjoyed the deliberate lack of technical sophistication in the sets; the walls of the house doubled as a platform when laid down and had to be supported by chorus members when vertical."

- Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill

 

Praise for The Taming of the Shrew

"Anna Driftmier's louche lounge design marks one of the more effective transfigurations of space in this studio."

- There Ought To Be Clowns

"Anna Driftmier had a ball with costume design, with Kazeem Tosin Amore and Tim Bowie (Katharina and Bianca, respectively) squeezed into befitting corsets and heels, with colourful materials dressing the characters throughout. "

- Joseph Winer, LondonTheatre1

 

Praise for Valkyrie

"The motorway carries on forever. Literally. It runs along the stage, up the wall, over the ceiling and back down onto the floor again in a huge loop. A single crack runs down the middle that eventually widens to a huge pothole on one of the walls. This set functions perfectly with the performance’s needs"

- Oscar Balfour, Plays to See

 

Praise for Seven Velvet Suits

"Walking into his derelict rooms, with crumpled manuscripts drifting across the floor like so many dead and rotting leaves, punctuated in corners by empty (and full!) bottles of absinthe, the general squalor (with plaster literally peeling off the walls) breathes out a sense of overwhelming sadness. Designer Anna Driftmier’s eye for detail even extends to period-perfect 1920s labels on the little bottles of cod liver oil by his shaving stand, with matching empties lying broken beneath."

- Charlotte Valori, Operissima

 

 

 

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