In this episode Costume Designer Kathy Strachan and Production Designer Ferdia Murphy talk about the differences between designing for stage and for screen, debunking a good few myths…

They also discuss the significance of formal and informal education and training, reflecting also on the importance of managing your time as a freelance designer.


Each Stage Left episode covers different aspects of scenography and its processes with designers from all disciplines at a variety of stages in their careers.

You will find information on the productions mentioned in this podcast further down this page.

This podcast was recorded on Zoom, which at times affects the sound quality.

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Productions Mentioned

DruidSynge by Druid

Director: Garry Hynes
Designer: Francis O’Connor
Costume Designer: Kathy Scratchan
Lighting Designer: Davy Cunningham
Sound Designer: John Leonard
Composer: Sam Jackson

Druid Website

World Premiere
Galway Town Hall Theatre
29 June – 30 July 2005


Photo by Keith Pattison


Ferdia Murphy is a professional member of the Art Directors Guild of Ireland. He is a graduate of Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design London and the College of Marketing and Design (DIT/TCD) Dublin.

He designs for screen and stage and his stage designs have been seen across Europe, the USA, and China.

At the Prague Quadrennial in 2007 Ferdia was given the prestigious Honorary Scenographer Award from the International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians (OISTAT).



2009 TMA UK Awards, Nominated Best Set Design THE HOME PLACE

2008 Irish Theatre Awards, Nominated Best Set Design, LAY ME DOWN SOFTLY

2008 Irish Theatre Awards, Nominated Best Set Design, THE BURIAL AT THEBES

2007 Prague Quadrennial, OISTAT Honorary Scenographer Award 

2007 TMA UK Awards, Nominated Best Set Design, DANCING AT LUGHNASA

2006 Irish Theatre Awards, Nominated Best Set Design, SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL

2006 Irish Theatre Awards, Nominated Best Set Design, TRUE WEST

2004 Irish Theatre Awards, Nominated Best Set Design, AMADEUS

2004 Irish Theatre Awards, Nominated Best Set Design, DINNER WITH FRIENDS

Ferdia Murphy Website


Kathy Strachan is a two time winner of the Irish Film and Television Award for Best Costume Design. She has extensive experience across both film and TV.

Recent TV credits include The Doll Factory (Buccaneer/Paramount +), Clean Sweep (ShinAwil/RTÉ), Joy to The World featuring Timothy Spall (Sky), Witness No 3 (Story Films/Channel 5),  Sanctuary (Monumental/AMC) and Modern Love (Series 2, Ep ‘Second Embrace’) for Amazon.

Her feature work includes Aisha (Sky/ Subotica) for which she received an IFTA nomination, Joyride starring Olivia Colman, Deadly Cuts & Spin The Bottle both winners of IFTA for Best Costume Design. Kathy designed the costumes for Death of a Superhero, which was official selection at Toronto International Film Festival, featuring Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.

As a Theatre Designer, Kathy has  also won Best Costume Design, Irish Times Theatre Awards for Improbable Frequency (Rough Magic) and The Playboy of the Western World (Druid).

Kathy Strachan Profile at Lisa Richards Creatives

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Stage Left Podcast is funded by the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland

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