The Prodigal Son

Role: Set & Costume Designer

A play by Jack Hibberd

Directed by Iris Gaillard

Presented as part of the VCA (Victorian College of the Arts) One Act Play Season 2014.

October 2014.

Venue – Performance Space 3, VCA, Melbourne.

A note from the Director:

After a long absence the Prodigal Son returns home. His parents can’t wait for him to leave again.

This cruel and comedic parody of the biblical parable journeys through one set of primal human relationships plagued by the shadows of the collective consciousness.

In The Prodigal Son, Jack Hibberd offers an absurdist play, structured with the rhythms of a drawing-room comedy, and populated by a monstrous archetypal trio. It’s a gift for a director in the number of possible genres to explore.
The repression mechanisms at play in this small family cell are grossly exposed. In their interactions, we see the monstrous figure of savagery tearing through the thin veil of civility. I wanted to explore these qualities in the actors’ bodies through a heightened physicality inspired by the Grotesque.

View from stage left
View from stage left
View from atop the tiered seating bank
View from atop the tiered seating bank

The Prodigal Son

Lighting Design by Leslie Jie Ding
in 1:25 scale
in 1:25 scale
Character line up of costume renderings using Photoshop
Character line up of costume renderings using Photoshop
Prodigal Son Promotional
Promotional image design
Photography by Sarah Walker
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