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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.


Emerging Designers


Tina Torbey


Selected Category: Set Design

Category: Set Design

Design Statement

Set in Berlin 1920’s “Cabaret” takes us from its streets to its night clubs, as well as to its rooms and private spaces. The musical runs at a fast pace, changing locations at each scene. The first approach for the design was a functional one, focusing on movable partitions allowing the flow of the narrative.
Residents of 1920’s Berlin perceived their home as one window within ‘'gridded'’ facades, industrial materials still in use.

- The back steel grid reduces the stage depth allowing the orchestra to be seen through, before being revealed, giving way to the “chained” bed.
- The front pivoting grid, in its horizontal position, leaves the streets and leads us to the private spaces and the Kit Kat club, allowing the lampshades, to penetrate through its holes, changing moods and location hints depending on their movements, following the rhythm of the narrative and the music.


Tina Torbey

As an architect and musician from Beirut, I have seen art, composition, politics and urban chaos in coexistence revealing an underlying structure uniting them all.
I studied architecture in ALBA-Beirut, graduating top of my class in 2013, earning 3 awards.
I also played the Piano at the Music Conservatoire of Beirut, and graduated with honours in 2012.
While working in architecture, I have performed in musical theatre and opera. It is where my passion for performing arts grew beyond architecture and performance, and decided to combine both into one.
In 2015, I started the MA Design for Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where I Set designed:
Cabaret, directed by Paul Kerryson
From there many connections were built, having since worked on several productions as a Set and Costume designer, such as:
Last Days and Time by David John Norton, Give it a name company, Cardiff
Dr Angelus, Finborough Theatre, London
Macbeth, as an UK touring performance by Paul Davies, Volcano Theatre Company, Swansea
Finally, I have been shortlisted for the Old Vic 12 and a selected finalist at the WSD 2017 for the category of emerging designers.
I am currently the Design Studio assistant at the National Theatre, London, since March 2017.

Email Address: tinatorbey@gmail.com

Theatre Company Richard Burton

The Premiere Date of Production 2016-06-22

The Premiere Space of Production Richard Burton Theatre, Cardiff

Author Joe Masteroff

Director/ Choreographer Paul Kerryson / Tom Jackson Greaves

Set Designer Tina Torbey

Lighting Designer Rebecca Heslop

Costume Designer Jessica Campbell-Plover

Sound Designer Meg Ritchie

Other Creative Collaborator/s Musical Director: Nathan Jones