To Director/Adaptor, Richard Rose, this work of
literature is about "opening doors". To this end he suggested a
minimal set, with three vital elements: A door which would roam
the stage serving as the portal to both the exterior and
interior scenes; a shadow box/screen on which the more
fantastical imagery would be played and through which the secret
room would be revealed in the end; and a second door, hanging in
limbo, which would eventually prove to be the portal into the
secret room and the secret reaches of Jane's own psyche.
As this was to be a presentational piece, and
quite episodic, to reflect the book, the setting made no
pretense at being "real", but rather reflected a feeling of
fragmented memory. As the synapses join together in the brain to
form memory, this set had layers of "connective tissue",
particularly in the three-part stairway, which could track onto
the stage from three directions, allowing access in varying
degrees to the secrets beyond the hanging door.
The shadow box too incorporated various layers
including scrim and rear projection material. The paintings and
frames to suggest the gallery room all helped to integrate the
shadow-box area. The shadow box too hung in limbo with many
elements entering below via a small slip-stage.