Stuart Marshall lives in Belfast and is a design graduate of the University of Ulster. He works both as a designer and a scenic artist, and his work has been seen across Ireland, the UK, the United States, Australia and the Far East.
He has worked with a wide variety of local theatre companies and venues, and in particular has had a long association with the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, with over 75 designs there since 1993. He was a founding member of Prime Cut Productions and has designed many local and Irish premieres for the company.
Since 2010 he has been a visiting lecturer in Technical Theatre at Queens University, introducing students to set design and collaborating with them on productions.
The show was performed in the modern theatre of the MAC Belfast. I wanted to give the audience the impression that this new venue had been built around the abandoned remains of an old theatre and that they were looking back in time into a world that no longer exists. The collage of old windows, doors and floorboards which made up the set within this represented the diverse and distinctive society in which the show takes place and which is annihilated by the end.
The play concerns the lives and regrets of two homeless men as they drink tea and talk. A character from each of their pasts appears and we see what might have been. The men came from Ireland in the 1960s to work on building sites in England, so the set is derived from images of concrete walls stained with years of pollution and decay. A pile of abandoned shovels in front of the stage reminds us of other lost lives and unheard voices.