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Architect behind Wales Millennium Centre turns set designer

The architect behind the Wales Millennium Centre (WMC) in Cardiff, Jonathan Adams, has turned set designer for a spectacular new show that held its opening night in the WMC.

Adams, special projects director for Capita Architecture, has created the set for a new show - currently showing at the WMC - which features Kurt Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins and Bartok's one-act opera Duke Bluebeard's Castle.

Performed by the Welsh National Opera and Diversions, the dance company of Wales, the show has been hailed in local press as a 'visual and musical feast'.

Adams said: 'I've always been interested in contemporary dance and opera so it was great when Diversions' Roy Campbell-Moore asked me to get involved.

'One of the things about being an architect is you try to put yourself into the shoes of the person you are building for, so it's been really satisfying to work inside the Wales Millennium Centre and to see how the theatrical community approaches creating shows.

'I have done a few designs for theatre in the past but this is my first major piece. I started looking at it last autumn, and it's quite unusual in that you have singing and dancing simultaneously.

'I had to come up with a way of arranging the performance space so that the relationship between the singers and dancers was especially meaningful,' added Adams.

The show moves to the Birmingham Hippodrome on Tuesday 19 June.

by Max Thompson

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