8 questions with Chloe Lamford


Rachel Chavkin’s brings Athur Miller’s groundbreaking The American Clock to The Old Vic from 04 Feb – 30 Mar 2019 – we caught up with Set Designer Chloe Lamford to find out more.

What made you want to become a set designer?

My parents were dancers, and I spent a lot of time sitting in the dark at the back of theatres. It felt pretty inevitable that I wanted to be part of theatre. I wanted to dance too but decided that making things was more exciting for me.

How will you be bringing 1930s America to South London?

Come and see the show!

Where did your initial inspiration come from for the set of The American Clock?

We found exciting references through the film ‘They Shoot Horses Don’t They’ plus the Chicago Stock Exchange, old drawings of trading pits – a whole mixture.

What is your favourite aspect of designing a set?

The beginning of a process; when you start imagining things you can do, and there aren’t any restrictions of time, money or resources yet. It’s the most fun part, to feel you can do anything.

What materials do you use to create model boxes?

Card, wood, bespoke laser cut materials, plastics, brass, solder, paint, perspex…. Depends on the project!

What is your process for collating together ideas? Do you use sketches? Photography? Collect objects?

I search for many references, building up a sense of the world of the play, and draw shapes and ideas until it gets clearer. Sometimes we start making card maquettes early to find shapes and spaces in 3D.

What has been the most memorable moment in your career?

Too many to mention!

Finally, how would you describe The American Clock in three words?

Epic, Dynamic, Exciting!

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