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The Stage Review

'Mollie Cheek’s simple sets and period-perfect costumes add considerably to the entertainment. The members of the vocally valiant and dramatically fully engaged chorus look exactly right as the miners, and as their ‘women and wives’, as one political banner describes them. '

'Splendidly arrayed in a magnificently characteristic Thatcherite costume, complete with enormous handbag' 

Four Stars. The Dragon of Wantley review at All Saints Centre, Lewes from John Frederick Lampe (



The Dragon of Wantley

Set & Costume design for Opera by John Frederick Lampe.

New Sussex Opera. Touring Production. 

This opera, orignally written in 1737, was adapted to set in 1984 during the Miners Strikes. 

Director:  Paul Higgins. Dramaturg: Benjamin Poore. Conductor: Toby Pursor Lighting Design: Emma Gaston.

Dragon Costume Maker: Margaret Cheek

Photographers: Colin Richmond, Richard Taylor, David James. 

Set Design Process

Costume Drawings 

Initial Model Box 

Backcloth Painting Process