The creation of the poster is another story entirely. With no dominant tragic or comic theme and with a production team wanting to keep the plot twists under wraps, finding a tone for the poster was difficult. I started out down a block colour line, going with understated graphics and a minimalistic feel, but realised early on that it was too clean and modern for both the setting and tone of the opera. After a good scratch of the thinking cap and a morning spent playing around with different ideas, I hit on the idea of using planks in the style of a pub/bar sign, which would also tie in to the ships and sailing theme. Then it was just a matter of experimenting with textures to get a rough, 20's seaport atmosphere which can almost make you smell the sea salt on the crusty French flag. The font, for any of you nerds out there, is similar to the one used on the Talisman game cards which I fell in love with the instant I saw it and have been waiting for an opportunity to use ever since!
If you're in Cambridge and fancy seeing this, the details are on the Facebook event here.