Ruth Hall

Ruth graduated with a First from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she won the Theatre Design Award three years running and then spent a year as a Trainee Designer at the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Her most recent credits are the costume design on A Tale of Two Cities for director James Dacre at the Royal and Derngate and on tour, The Mysteries at York Minster co-designed with her frequent collaborator Max Jones, adapted by Mike Poulton and directed by Philip Breen, The Little Shop of Horrors directed by Tim Baker at Clywd Theatr Cymru, Play Strindberg for Nancy Meckler in the Ustinov Studio in Bath, and Blasted directed by Kate Wasserberg and David Harrower's award winning play Blackbird directed by Rupert Hands, both at The Other Room in Cardiff.   

Ruth's other designs include Fiji Land at Southwark Playhouse, Pridd and The Lady From The Sea for Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, and at Clwyd Theatr Cyrmru Salt, Root and Roe and Arnold Wesker's Roots both directed by Kate Wasserberg, the costumes for Educating Rita directed by Emma Lucia and Glengarry Glen Ross directed by Kate Wasserberg, as well as Jac and the Falling Apples, Sky Hawk and Humbug! all directed by Tim Baker.  As part of Chichester Festival Theatre's 50th anniversary season, Ruth designed Noah for Theatre on the Fly.  Further credits are Russell Bolam's highly acclaimed production of The Road To Mecca at the Arcola Theatre with Linda Bassett and James Laurenson, The Ones Who Kill Shooting Stars at the White Bear, The Last Session - a musical for Guy Retallack in London, a revue A Bowl of Cherries at Charing Cross Theatre, Altogether Now for The North Wall in Oxford and Patagonia - The Long Journey at the National Youth Theatre of Wales.  She also designed Captain Oates' Left Sock - which was the Time Out Critics Choice for Russell Bolam, Too Good To Be True for Sarah Norman and The Killing of Mr Toad for writer and director David Gooderson and the costumes for Mirror Teeth directed by Kate Wasserberg all at the Finborough Theatre and Kindertransport directed by Dan Danson at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre and on a Welsh tour.  

She has also been Associate Designer on Orpheus Descending directed by Philip Breen at the Cocoon Theatre in Tokyo, Of Mice and Men at West Yorkshire Playhouse and Crime and Punishment at the Citizen's Theatre Glasgow and Bruised at Clwyd Theatr Cymru.

Ruth's earlier designs include The Phoenix and the Turtle for the RSC Complete Works Festival, the costumes for Origin: Unknown at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, the musical Cafe Cariad for the National Youth Theatre of Wales, The Government Inspector for the Bute Theatre Cardiff, White Darkness, The Canterbury Tales, and in London Three More Sleepless Nights and Fourplay at the Tristam Bates Theatre and The Fetch at the Old Red Lion.  At the Tobacco Factory she designed The School For Wives and the costumes for Treasure Island - both directed by Dan Danson - as well as Topless Mum in Dead Hero Shocker by Ron Hutchinson directed by Caroline Hunt - and was Production Designer on Black Coffee, No Sugar which was an entry for the Bristol Short Film Festival.

As Assistant Designer, Ruth has worked on The Shoemaker's Holiday at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Henry lV Parts One and Two for Peter Hall and This Happy Breed for Stephen Unwin at the Theatre Royal Bath, and worked with Katrina Lindsay on the Pet Shop Boys/Javier De Frutos collaboration The Most Incredible Thing at Sadler's Wells and London Road.  She also worked as Art Department Assistant on Rufus Norris's film version of London Road having been involved in the original production in the original National Theatre production since its inception in what was then the Cottesloe.

Photograph of Ruth Hall by SARAH LAM WOOLLARD