Michael Hankin

We are pleased to report on the recent activities of scholarship recipient Michael Hankin.

Michael left for London on July 30th 2018, and has been very busy since landing.

He went to the Edinburgh Festival in late July and August, before ‘Memorial’, starring Helen Morse - for which he designed the set - travelled to London’s Barbican Theatre. It ended up being a great success with some 5 star reviews.

He has been attending theatre left right and centre at The National Theatre, The Young Vic, The Old Vic, The Donmar Warehouse, Traverse Theatre, Lyceum Theatre, Soho Theatre, West End, English National Opera, and smaller local theatres, and has crossed paths with quite a few Australian artists such as Neil Armfield and Ralph Myers.

He has attended art installations at the Tate Modern, The Haywood Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum and countless others, has taken part in forums and attended seminars, architectural talks and tours.

Michael has been assisting senior designer Hildegard Bechtler which has allowed him to be a fly on the wall to many interesting conversations with Directors, Production Managers and other Designers, as she worked on productions such as Antony and Cleopatra (with Ralph Fiennes) at The National Theatre, Three Sisters at the Almeida, a ballet for the Royal National Opera and projects with The Armoury in New York.

Currently, Michael is planning to go to the Chekhov festival and the Festival D’Avignon in 2019.

He notes ‘The time here so far has been an absolute wealth of inspiration and it’s constantly expanding my own general knowledge of theatre, dance, opera, film and art. I can already see how I will continue to bring these new ideas, techniques, experiences, theories and ideas to my work or future students work. I’m so appreciative of the scholarship.’

We look forward to hearing more of Michael’s future experiences overseas.

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