THE NEW THEATRE Design & Branding NEW THEATRE POSTERS by Interbrand Group

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Industry Cinemas, Theatres & Concert Halls
Media Design & Branding
Market Australia
Agency Interbrand Group
Creative Director Mike Rigby
Art Director Chris Doyle
Designer Eric Ng, Diana Chirilas
Released December 2011

Credits & Description

Category: Posters
Advertiser: NEW THEATRE
Creative Director: Mike Rigby (Interbrand)
Art Director: Chris Doyle (Interbrand)
Designer: Eric Ng (Interbrand)
Designer: Diana Chirilas (Interbrand)
Writer: Chris Lamont (Interbrand)
Writer: Lex Courts (Interbrand)
Motion Designer: Mike Tosetto (Interbrand)
Media placement: 2 A6 cards which show poster design - Theatre - December 3, 2011

Describe the brief from the client
We were tasked with breathing new life into a tired theatre brand. New Theatre is one of Sydney’s oldest, proudest and most independent theatres. It’s a people’s theatre in the truest sense. Their ethos is about celebrating alternative theatre, offering unique perspectives and unexpected twists, engaging experiences and helping to grow the careers of those involved. New Theatre already had a great personality; we just had to help them express it.

Describe the challenges and key objectives

New Theatre needed an identity that was economical, flexible, and iconic. It also needed a visual and verbal system that would allow the theatre, and the team working there to play more of a starring role. They needed to take ownership of their Seasons, presenting their own takes on shows and find a way to communicate the strong, proud culture that has been the foundation of their rich 80-year history.

Describe how you arrived at the final design
The logo combines the 3 initial letters of The New Theatre into 1 simple mark. It allows New Theatre to sit proudly at the centre of their communications, literally stamping their mark on event posters – claiming productions as their own.
For the 2012 season campaign, we devised an unexpected, bold, simple system. Verbally the posters are led by surprising and edgy headlines that offer knowing insights into the shows’ content. Visually we avoided the clichés of glossy, dramatic portraits of actors and instead opted for simple, relevant, one colour, iconic images – utilising a layered, screen printing aesthetic.

Give some indication of how successful the outcome was in the market
Early indications are overwhelmingly positive – leading to an energised work force and an excited public. Following a sold out opening night and increased ticket sales, it looks as though 2012 will see New Theatre fully harness their culture, personality, and brand.