First Advisor

Daniel Meeker

Date of Award


Document Type


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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Arts and Letters and University Honors


Arts & Letters


Theaters -- Stage-setting and scenery, Gregory Burke (1968- ). Black Watch -- Criticism and interpretation, Military spouses -- Psychology, Iraq War (2003-2011) -- Drama




This thesis documents the process of designing the set for the play Black Watch by Gregory Burke. This play tells the story of the British Army’s Black Watch Regiment and their deployment to Iraq in 2004. The Black Watch Regiment is a Scottish regiment, and the play focuses on their history, as well as their current operations. Black Watch was first performed on the 5th of August 2006 in Edinburgh, Scotland with the National Theatre of Scotland and received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play. This thesis will focus on two main areas. First, I will highlight the methodology and decision-making process I used in the actual set design. I will explore the technical aspects of design such as drawing a clear ground plan and building a white model of the set. Secondly, I will explore my own experience with war as the wife of an Army Officer who has deployed multiple times during the Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. I will search for the rationale behind my image of a war zone, and how it differs from my husband’s personal stories of war and the stories of war found in mass media. The intent of this task is to define how and why my idealized image of war may not necessarily represent the reality.


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