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WSD2017|The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.


Professional Designers


Patrick Du Wors

The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst

Selected Category: Set Design

Category: Set Design, Costume Design

Design Statement

The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst was created through a hybrid of traditional design process - research, discussion, sketching and storyboarding through scale maquettes – followed by ten weeks of intensive workshop-rehearsal where the possibilities of integrating design, technology and performers were pushed to the limit of our imaginations. This exploration broke all the conventions of a standard Canadian rehearsal schedule and production model; text, design, technology and performance were to be explored on equal terms. The process and the creative team were, in fact, so integrated, that it is somewhat artificial to assign credit to particular creative roles, such as “director”, “actor” or “designer” as we contributed collaboratively to the creation of this work. That being said, each member of the production was responsible for the execution of his or her particular specialization. The set and props design was imagined to create a collection of objects that would allow the creative team to discover ways of communicating the story through the workshop process.


Patrick Du Wors

Patrick is a Canadian performance designer, working in a wide range performance styles and scales of production. From site-specific opera to texts from the classical cannon to contemporary devised work, Patrick’s work has been recognized across Canada and internationally. Collaborators include: The Banff Centre, Canadian Opera Co, Against the Grain, Ghost River, The Arcola (UK), Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, Buddies in Bad Times, Blue Bridge Rep, The Grand, Persephone, The Belfry, Tarragon as well as various independent ad-hoc collectives.
Patrick designed and curated the Canadian Exhibition at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial, produced by the Associated Designers of Canada (ADC).
As an educator and researcher, Patrick was appointed to the faculty of the University of Victoria in 2017. Patrick was also a member of the faculty at the University of Calgary from 2013-2016. He has been a guest artist or instructor at the National Theatre School of Canada, Ryerson Theatre School, George Brown, and Sheridan College. Patrick is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s MFA Theatre Design program and apprenticed with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the UK. Patrick is an active member of the Associated Designers of Canada.
www.patrickduwors.com @patrickduwors

Email Address: patrickduwors@yahoo.ca

Theatre Company Ghost River Theatre & Alberta Theatre Projects

The Premiere Date of Production 2015-02-27

The Premiere Space of Production Martha Cohen Theatre, Calgary, AB

Author Eric Rose & David Van Bell

Director/ Choreographer Eric Rose

Set Designer Patrick Du Wors

Lighting Designer Kerem Cetinel

Costume Designer Patrick Du Wors

Sound Designer Matthew Waddell

Projection and Multi-Media Designer Wladimiro A. Woyno Rodriguez

Other Creative Collaborator/s STAGE MANAGER: Jennifer Swan
Braden Griffiths as Donald Crowhurst
Vanessa Sabourin as Clare Crowhurst
David van Belle as Rodney Hallworth
Geoffrey Ewert as Documentarian #1
Matthew McKinney as Documentarian #2