“…I always say that we designers are illusionists because we ask you to believe what is not…”
Saul Radomsky has spent a lifetime creating illusions. Ever since as a boy, he was taken to the Colosseum Theatre in Johannesburg where he became mesmerized by its ceiling of twinkling lights, its walls of fairy castles and dragonesque parapets, becoming enchanted by the illusion of that magnificent theatre; and then be swept along by the musical Annie Get Your Gun, Saul knew his life belonged to the stage. Although still young, he understood that his head had been played with and he knew he wanted to forever create the enchantment theatre gave him that extraordinary day. Theatre can do that sometimes, and Saul Radomsky’s theatre does that always.
After studying fine art, he took himself to London to learn about theatre design, sets and all the trickery that can be found in that wonderland known as theatre. He stayed there most of his life, working in some of the city’s best theatres. Then he met David Kramer at the Tricycle Theatre. David was in London for a run of Kat and the Kings. Saul was asked to do a little staging for a fellow South African. What followed was a run of designing sets for Kat and the Kings from London to Frankfurt to New York and then for all of David’s shows and then for Athol Fugard’s plays – and then he decided to come home.
He now lives in Cape Town where most of his work is for The Fugard Theatre and for David Kramer in particular and where he continues designing and staging sets with his particular brand of theatre magic and illusion to delight and enchant us.