Martin Brown has created a series of images for the Royal Court’s production of Playing the Victim, which opens at the Edinburgh Fringe in August. Brown’s illustrations will be applied across posters, leaflets and the jacket of the play’s script. A series of the murder scene silhouettes are also planned for the foyer of the Royal Court. Written by the Russian Presnyakov brothers, the script is the story of a man whose occupation is to play the victim in crime reconstructions. Brown says his work is ‘tongue in cheek’ with a ‘dark humour’. ‘The character leads a double life and the work suggests this ambiguous image,’ he adds.
The opening of the exhibition coincides with the upcoming COP26 climate conference, and interrogates how design can tackle the critical problem of waste.
We speak to baton designer Laura Nyahuye about the work behind the project and how her Zimbabwean heritage influenced the design.
The cultural festival will take place between March and October in 2022, and features high profile commissions involving the likes of Assemble and Dr Nelly Ben Hayoun.
The new “simplified” designs have been influenced by audience research showing that the BBC’s previous look was “old fashioned”.