Dominic Hill reimagines Cyrano de Bergarac with Pam Hogg
- Gareth K Vile
- 29 August 2018
National Theatre of Scotland and the Citizens breathe new life into a French classic
The National Theatre of Scotland's collaboration with the Citizens Theatre – which is currently touring its work as its home venue is being renovated – sees Dominic Hill reimagine Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac, a French classic made familiar by film which has become a byword for eloquent romanticism. Hill's reputation, based on his dynamic dramaturgy, promises a vigorous reinvention, but the arrival of Pam Hogg working on the costumes introduces a famous designer to performance audiences.
'I don't see myself as solely a fashion designer anyway,' Hogg explains, 'I create with no limitations so having to think theatre is just a new puzzle to solve.' The puzzle has its practical components as well as creative, she continues, 'When I was first asked I imagined making every costume in full splendour, my ideas were endless. The challenge was that the actors were having to play multiple parts with swift changes, so I had to view it all in a different light.'
Fortunately, Hill's approach is similar to Hogg's: 'Dominic is awesome, we bonded immediately. His way of working is on a par with mine, we're both fluid thinkers: nothing's set in stone till it feels right!' With Rostand's script bringing pathos and humour, Hill's mercurial direction and the ever-excellent Jessica Hardwicke and Brian Ferguson in the lead roles, Hogg's presence adds to an adventurous take on one of theatre's past glories. 'Even without lights and set and costume it's incredible,' concludes Hogg, 'so it's going to be phenomenal when everything comes together.'
Citizens Theatre at Tramway, Glasgow, Sat 1–Sat 22 Sep; Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 12 Oct–Sat 3 Nov; Eden Court, Inverness Wed 7–Sat 10 Nov.