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The League of Gentlemen: Design and the Creation of Comedy with Yves Barre

Sat 14 Sept 11.30 - 13.00
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The League of Gentlemen: Design and the Creation of Comedy with Yves Barre

Yves Barre, Bafta award winning costume designer spoke about the serious work that goes into creating comedy characters, making reference in particular to the costume–based comedy in The League of Gentlemen and some of his more recent work on shows such as Miranda.  Scholar Gamze Toylan’s research was on The League of Gentlemen and her thesis aimed to provide an insight into the production design of the show and how it created comedy alongside the extraordinary characters.

This event was open to all.

Price: £6

Image: Concept design by Yves Barre for the League of Gentlemen.

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Yves Barre

Yves Barre is a French born Costume Designer whose work spans from the dark comedyThe League of Gentlemen (for which Yves won a BAFTA in 2001) and the psychological thriller The Lazarus Child (2005), directed by Graham Theakston , to Mutant Chronicles Sci-Fi action movie directed by Simon Hunter and designing an animated feature Arthur Christmas (2011) with Aardman Animations directed by Sarah Smith . Currently Yves is a visiting lecturer on Costume Design at University of the Arts London. The colleges he lectures at include the London College of Fashion, Central Saint Martins School of Arts and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.


Gamze Toylan is a PhD candidate at the University of Westminster, Communication and Media Research Institute where she is also teaching a number of BA modules. With an MA in Film and Television, her current research project is on The League of Gentlemen (BBC, 1999-2002). Her thesis aims to provide a detailed study of the creation of the show. Her work develops through original interviews with media professionals, which explore how ‘special moments’ in television come about. Her key interests are TV production, British comedy, production design, media history and oral history.