About Charlie

Charlie Cridlan Portrait image

I am an imaginative theatre, opera and event designer with a flair for creating vivid, animated sets. My background is in scenic art and illustration; I trained at Bristol Old Vic, and I have 18  years’ experience working in and alongside a variety of companies, venues, scales and disciplines.   My work has a vibrant, illustrative quality and  I’m a skilled scenic artist.

I am passionate about transforming spaces, and the possibility of form, fabric, light and colour to tell a story. Using the transformational quality of design for production I have created memorable, thought-provoking backdrops for events, workshops, dinners, photo shoots and launches. I have a reputation for motivating people to create excellent work and I’m known for my meticulous attention to detail and tenacity in achieving a shared vision.

I have been nominated for several OFFIEs for best design, and my work has been exhibited at the V&A Museum as part of The Society of British Theatre Designers exhibition, Gormley to Gaga: Transformation and Revelation. Design for Performance.  At The Vaults Festival 2016; ‘Orator’ received ‘Pick of the Week’ award.

“Designer Charlie Cridlan neglects Wilton’s high, proscenium stage and builds instead a rhomboid playing area beneath it. She thereby achieves a valuable studio-like intimacy for David Mamet’s slightly stripped down, faithful version of Uncle Vanya”

Nicholas De Jongh on 'Uncle Vanya on Cable St'

“Innovatively staged . . . Allen’s mock-Chandler-esque thrillers set in 1940s New York look impressively chic, thanks to designer Charlie Cridlan…”

The Independent on 'Woody Allen’s Murder Mysteries'

“Charlie Cridlan’s brilliant set (a village hall being prepared for an Ascension Day play), and costume design added a suitably Stanley Spencer-ish touch to proceedings . . . Proof of the transfiguring power of art (the production)”

The Independent on 'Jago'