Theatre Designer & Visual Artist
Amanda Mascarenhas is a London based Designer. She has worked in all performance and design genres, from Devised Performances to Event Design. She prides herself on her ability to design and make for interesting and unsual spaces and pieces. Her main field of expertise is with immersive projects. She is very hands on in approach and builds set, costume and prop pieces.
She is a workshop facilitator and works with groups of all ages. Either teaching them arts to specialist crafts, as well as teaching groups about her trade as a Theatre Designer. She regularly works with children and young adults with learning and physical disabilities. She also works with different communites on projects. From running workshops with them to creating theatre productions, is very interested in how community, theatre and art work together.
She is also an associate artist to Kazzum Arts. http://www.kazzum.org
The boy and the mermaid
"The nautical, DIY aesthetic is hugely appealing, and consistent across the set, costume, and puppets. Each puppet character is charmingly replicated in two different sizes, as is the town. The mermaid is particularly beautiful, though the fisherfolk portrayed with wellies is an utter delight. Fishing nets, lanterns and wooden creates are a precarious, moveable landscape that constantly surprises with its versatility. It’s simple yet detailed; Amanda Mascarenhas’ set is a great balance of thought, appearance and functionality." Laura Kressly
'On Amanda Mascarenhas’ meticulous set, crammed with early-1980s detail' The Stage
'Amanda Mascarenhas' vividly dingy set – the cramped, messy Kentish Town flat of lovers Tony and Greg – comes complete with wall mounted dial phone, old school record player (and vinyl records), 1980s West End theatre posters (anyone remember Amadeus at Her Majesty's before Phantom moved in apparently forever?), grotty wallpaper and beaded curtain. It's simultaneously homely and vaguely disgusting.' Whats on stage
'It starts with Amanda Mascarenhas’ set which is meticulous in design and really evokes a home of the early 1980’s. This attention to detail extends to the costumes and I have to say Robert’s Walkman cassette player – an early iPod for the youngsters out there – was great to see. Coupled with the scenery' Londontheatre1
'Set designer Amanda Mascarenhas's contribution is key to the production. The dark-red Chesterfield sofa dominates the side of the stage, and it becomes the centrepiece of the characters' sharing of tears and laughter. The lived-in flat conceived by her comes alive with Spreadbury-Maher's direction' Broadway World