Scenic Art @ BOVTS

Below is a selection of work from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School MA in Scenic Art 2017/18


Our Man in Havana

Creative Cow – director Amanda Knott
Adapted by Clive Francis.
Set and Costume design
Scenic Artist

A fun and challenging project designing and painting the set, and designing and sourcing costumes. ‘Our Man in Havana’ opened at Buxton Opera House in April 2017
Tour dates and more info at:

‘Cuba 1958. Meet Jim Wormold – a hapless vacuum cleaner salesman who gets sucked in to a dirty world of espionage and double agents when the chance of helping out MI6 with a job or two proves too good an offer to resist. And, quite frankly, he could do with the cash to pay for his teenage daughter’s ever increasing lifestyle.

Thrillingly adapted for the stage by Clive Francis, this uproarious farce is filleted to perfection from Graham Greene’s hilarious, subversive and ever popular novel.’

“Nina Raines’s simple yet evocative design is an effective backdrop” – David Upton, British Theatre Guide
“This fluid, mobile approach to the story is well supported by stage design from Nina Raines and lighting design from Derek Anderson.  Both are highly effective at adapting to the rapid changes of scene, capturing numerous locations with clever changes to the stage space.  Their design is simple, evoking the warmth, sun and humid streets of Old Havana through a few key elements and an attention to texture and space.” – Becca Savory Fuller, Reviewshub
“Nina Raines also deserves some praise for her setting with three arches at the rear with palm trees and then a desk and chairs that can be moved, rotated, added or taken away to represent everything else.” – Roger Clarke, Behind the Arras
“…The attention to detail is impeccable with a plethora of props and some excellent drawings of (what may possibly be but there is no proof) weapons of mass destruction. Or the inner workings of a vacuum cleaner. Who knows?” – Michaela Clement- Hayes, West End Wilma
Photos below by David John King


Scenic Art Gallery

A selection of painting and hands-on projects. Some of these pictures are my own design projects where I have taken the role of scenic artist, some show other productions including work at Theatre Royal Plymouth where I have a position as assistant in the workshop, TR2.


The Jungle Book

‘The Jungle Book’ – Le Navet Bete
Barbican Theatre, December 2016
Set and Costume design.

Having worked with Le Navet Bete as an assistant on ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Robin Hood’, I was asked back to design the set and costume for their 2016 Christmas show, where I also enjoyed painting the set.

In this ‘live animal’ version of Rudyard Kipling’s story, when the animals all escape from the theatre the voicover artistes are left with no choice but to perform the story themselves, resulting in improvised costumes and hilarity. A challenging and fun show to work on, described as ‘ingenious’ by The Stage.



Costume drawings


‘Sylum’ The Asylum, Peckham, June 2016
Devised by MA Ensemble Theatre students at Rose Bruford College
Set and Costume design. Scenic Artist.




In 2013-14 I worked with New Model Theatre to design and produce a set for ‘STATIC’ which then toured several UK venues.

Written and directed by Tom Nicholas, Static combines brilliant storytelling with verbatim news reports to tell a coming of age story that spans a decade. From watching the World Trade Centre fall live on TV to the top of Tory HQ, through drunken teenage parties and walking home with bloody noses.

This is the story of how a generation grew up with the world at their fingertips, how they learnt to switch off their screens, and got up on their feet.

Miriam Gillinson, arts journalist:
” This is a thoughtfully constructed show and the design, in particular, creates a really useful loop back to the play’s central themes. The use of those two hanging frames – on which news feeds, memories and re-enacted scenarios are frequently projected – is highly effective. Top marks to videographer Jon Broks and designer Nina Raines who have come up with this probing concept. The hanging frames recall an art gallery and remind us that TV is today’s premiere medium for creative expression. It is where today’s young adults hope to see their lives and concerns reflected. It is where they look for inspiration and self-affirmation. “