Welcome to the Ele Slade Design blog!


Scenographer * Theatre Maker
Drama facilitator * Dressmaker

Thinking of a Theatre Company

I’m thinking of starting up a theatre company, for several different reasons,  with a collaborator I work with a lot. Been researching and come across a few interesting articles including this one… some interesting points raised and suggestions, and some very interesting comments too… hmm, gets me thinking…


A Midsummer Nights Dream - August.

What an exciting chat I had with Rose Bridge Theatre company director Adam Morris yesterday evening. We viewed The Courtyard theatre in Hoxton, where we are doing A Midsummer Nights Dream in August.

Thinking about:

  • 1950’s youth
  • Englishness
  • Beat generation influences - been watching and reading ‘On The Road’

Spring 2013 - The London Cuckolds

The Pleasance Theatre, studio space.  April / May 2013.  

Let Them Call It Mischief Theatre Company.

Directed by Danny Wainwright.

What a fun, bawdy play, and a great design process with Danny. This was the second time Danny and I worked together, after great reviews for ‘The Alchemist’ at the White Bear Theatre the year before.

The set had to fulfill so many different locations, with action and locations moving and swapping at an extremely fast pace!

We played up to the art deco setting with a clean sharp structure. This 3D interactive backdrop acted as buildings, a street, walls inside a house, garden gates, windows, doors, cupboards and many more! It was fun to play with characters hiding, jumping out and moving from scene to scene by moving through the structure from one to another of it’s three sections.  

Reviews of the set spoke of ”a rather gorgeous, flamboyant yet simple set to play with” (onestoparts.com) 

and the design being “clean and stylish” (viewsfromthegods.co.uk)

January 2013

A full on and fantastic start to the year - I did a week long physical theatre and devising course with Theatre Ad infinitum. It was a fantastic week and I learnt so much about devising from a performer and director point of view. It certainly started me on the right path that has led forward to now with my next project working on a devised design process for my production in April 2014 at The Yard Theatre.

I started the year full of energy and very inspired!

Catch up - 2013

I’m not great at writing blog posts, so what I’m going to do is a summary post about each project from 2013, to get me into the swing of blogging! I had a great 2013, and was very busy with all sorts of exciting projects and courses, so I think they deserve a little mention each… catch up 1 here goes…

Next production…

BeautifulMess cordially invite you to the culminating show of their Fox Project:

Safety in Numbers

A professional-community mash up- combining physical foolery, musical mastery and story scavenging!

Come join this absurd celebration of all things wild and communal as local wedding preparations get disrupted by scavenger disputes…

it’s Foxes v. Sweepers in the Moorlands turf war…

watch the park transform, come share a slice of the cake… unleash the animal inside… there’s nothing to fear- safety in numbers!

We made a multi-sensory tango-opera in a garage, Foxfood

(“hilarious and moving”…”a multi-layered and sensoral gift”…”inventive, energetic, funny!” ) 

We ran summer workshops with a group of adults with learning disabilities and a professional creative team in response to the show…

(see our blog and pics at www.foxtale13.tumblr.com )

We received Arts Council Funding to create an Inclusive Professional-Community Performance bringing together material from both parts of the project…

             we’d love to share it with you…


Friday 4th October: 2.30pm

Saturday 5th October: 4pm

Moorlands Estate Community Centre Park (10min from Brixton tube),

Corry Drive, Brixton, SW9 8QT

For more info about the show and BeautifulMess go to:


Inclusive multi-sensory performance (1hr)

So wear your best wedding outfits,bring your brolly and expect to make some noise as you are invited to get wrapped up in the Foxy-est- Rubbish-est- Crazy-est 

Wedding of the Century!

Who’s marrying who? who’s afraid of what? who’s not playing which part properly?

…and who made all this (Beautiful)Mess?!


best wishes from the BeautifulMess team  

Kati Francis // Jennifer Muteteli // Lisa Harmer // Ariza Barcina // Ele Slade // Lee Philips

Safety In Numbers

Sea of Stories

Great first day in rehearsal with Laura Bridges and fun fun performers Katy, Patricia and Richard for SOS!

We are resident at The Arc in Stockton on Tees for the devising and rehearsal period - it’s nice to be back up in Yorkshire to work on a production.

Lots of exciting design ideas going round my head - now to apply them to the devising room and see how they could take shape. I love designing for collaborative projects like this!

The Birdcage Aerial Performance

"The Birdcage is a stunning self contained aerial show. Available for parties, corporate events, festivals etc. Our birdies have taken their free-standing rig to a huge variety of venues across the UK and Europe from the Palm house of Kew Gardens to the farthest reaches of the Scottish Highlands.

Arabesque have performed across the world, specializing in aerial work, stilt walkers and hula hoop, their collective skills also include training in physical theatre, mime and clown creating an interesting depth to their performance.”


Arts Council funding!

Fantastic news for ‘Sea of Stories’ in August!

We have got our Arts Council funding!! 

I’m really looking forward to working with exciting director Laura Bridges again, and designing and devising in beautiful Staithes, North Yorkshire!

Chicago Cowboy

Chicago Cowboy by Boy Who Cried theatre company opens at The Rosemary Branch tonight!

It’s a beautiful and entertaining devised piece with live jazz pianist, gorgeous lighting and cowboys!

Running until 26th May - so get your tickets soon, it’s filling up!

Directed by Leah Townley, with lighting design by Christopher Nairne.