Daphnis and Chloe was my second project with Cambridge Youth Opera, and their main production of 2017. As with my other projects with CYO, this set, while designed by me, was built in collaboration with a team of enthusiastic Cambridge Youth Opera backstage crew. This brought the challenge of ensuring that nothing to be made was too complex for children as young as 12 to get involved with. The space itself, Fitzwilliam College Auditorium, was also a challenge. It is quite a light space, with high ceiling and no proscenium arch. Not originally intended to house theatre, it is a concrete box, and turning this space into a country meadow with a very limited budget required a lot of experimentation. I decided on the three split hangings, depicting a view of Grantchester Meadows, featuring the iconic river Cam. The materials, distinctly made from soft fabrics such as felt in a ‘patchwork’ manner, I chose to envoke the whimsical and fantasy nature of the opera, as well as being an aesthetic that would serve to lift up the likely unpolished look that would come from a team of largely inexperience young people.