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Don't Go Away Mad

Preliminary Set Design
1988 (designed)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Preliminary set design by Voytek for William Saroyan's Don't Go Away Mad produced by I.D.D.I and Joanne Jacobson, directed by Keith Hack, Donmar Warehouse 1988.

Dubbed Voytek by George Devine, Wojciech Roman Pawel Jerzy Szendzikowski (1925-2014), was known for his distinctive designs for the stage, theatre and film. Drawing his elaborate designs from in depth analysis of each script or screenplay.

Winning the Military Cross for his role in the Second World War, Voytek transferring first to Italy and then to Scotland after the end of the war where he enrolled at the Dundee Art Collage. In 1947 he moved to London, becoming a student of stage design at the Old Vic Theatre School. His career as a stage set and costume designer began with the Nottingham Playhouse whist his work on TV drama began with ABC Television and on film with Roman Polanski’s Cul-de-Sac.

His theatrical works concentrated on major regional theatre and touring companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Nottingham Playhouse, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Shared Experience; he was head of design at the Liverpool Playhouse from 1981-1982.

The collection this design is from also contains working drawings, model pieces, photograph, production notes as well as press cuttings and programmes relating to Voytek’s career as a production designer for the stage, television and film.


Object details

Categories
Object type
TitleDon't Go Away Mad (generic title)
Materials and techniques
Ink and crayon on paper
Brief description
Preliminary set design by Voytek for William Saroyan's Don't Go Away Mad produced by I.D.D.I. and Joanne Jacobson, directed by Keith Hack, Donmar Warehouse 1988
Physical description
Pen and crayon on paper preliminary set design by Voytek for William Saroyan's Don't Go Away Mad produced by I.D.D.I and Joanne Jacobson, directed by Keith Hack, Donmar Warehouse 1988. The design shows a pale brown and pink shaded set with a suspension bridge in the background.
Dimensions
  • Height: 29.6cm
  • Width: 20.7cm
Credit line
Given by the artist
Literary referenceDon't Go Away Mad
Summary
Preliminary set design by Voytek for William Saroyan's Don't Go Away Mad produced by I.D.D.I and Joanne Jacobson, directed by Keith Hack, Donmar Warehouse 1988.

Dubbed Voytek by George Devine, Wojciech Roman Pawel Jerzy Szendzikowski (1925-2014), was known for his distinctive designs for the stage, theatre and film. Drawing his elaborate designs from in depth analysis of each script or screenplay.

Winning the Military Cross for his role in the Second World War, Voytek transferring first to Italy and then to Scotland after the end of the war where he enrolled at the Dundee Art Collage. In 1947 he moved to London, becoming a student of stage design at the Old Vic Theatre School. His career as a stage set and costume designer began with the Nottingham Playhouse whist his work on TV drama began with ABC Television and on film with Roman Polanski’s Cul-de-Sac.

His theatrical works concentrated on major regional theatre and touring companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Nottingham Playhouse, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Shared Experience; he was head of design at the Liverpool Playhouse from 1981-1982.

The collection this design is from also contains working drawings, model pieces, photograph, production notes as well as press cuttings and programmes relating to Voytek’s career as a production designer for the stage, television and film.
Other number
THM/153 (Voytek Archive) - Archive number
Collection
Accession number
S.2111-1994

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Record createdOctober 2, 2014
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