The Mill City of Dreams


Drummonds Mill opened in the 1880s, at a time when Bradford was responsible for a third of the world’s wool production and closed just under 10 years ago. The audience led through its abandoned departments by caretaker Frank – played with self-deprecating melancholy by Geoff Leesley – and as the tour progresses it becomes increasingly apparent that we are journeying through Frank’s own recollections, animated by apparitions of former mill-workers and the crushing roar of phantom looms. 

The holes where the textile machinery use to be are revealed at every room, The endless pillars and vast space, cracked paintwork, piles of discarded boxes, furniture, trolleys and bobbins, the layers of history, a jaunt into the past. A place once active with hundreds of people, where women sang songs to drown out the sound of machinery, is now empty. The vacuous spaces, the bits of wool still hanging from pillars, the paper patterns stuck between the pipes on the wall, the smell of damp, the sound of dripping water, the concrete floor, the endless glass roof, incoming light, faded warning signs, the benches, the wool samples, lab equipment … is left now for the piece to make a sense of. 

Most of the set and the props used in the production were found abandoned inside the mill. The piece was based on the relationships between the mill workers and was set between the post-war period and today, as this is in the living history. The lives of the people in the mill echo once again.

‘Assorted artefacts salvaged from the building to transform nooks and crannies into striking theatrical spaces.’ 

                                                       ‘The past looms large’, Telegraph & Argus.



Freedom Studios

 Disused Drummonds Mill, Bradford UK

March 2011

Set designer: Roma Patel
Costume designer: Roma Patel
Lighting designer: Lumen
Sound designer: Composer- Janek Schaefer
Digital video NA: Photographer- Tim Smith
Director/choreographer: Madani Younis & Omar Eleria
Other creative collaborators: co-writers Jonathon Holmes & Madani Younis


Set design / Costume design /  Set build


The Tempest

Fitzgerald’s Park, Cork

“Designer Roma Patel’s embellishments are also strategic, with some playing areas mast-high, others cavernous, others again very wet; her attention to detail, as in the mitred edges of banners for the masque or in the midsummer sweetness of the croquet-lawn constantly rewarding the captivated audience. “

Mary Leland, The Irish Times, press review of The Tempest, 2006



Written by William Shakespeare
Adapted by Jocelyn Clarke
Directed by Pat Kiernan.                                        Set Design – Roma Patel
Costume Design – Joan Hickson
Lighting Designer – Paul Denby
Composer – Linda Buckley
Choreographer – Jools Gilson-Ellis
Production Manager – Joe Stockdale
Stage Manager – John Grubb                            Assistant Director – Bridget Deevy                   

The Merchant of Venice

Merchant of Venice

This was a promenade production, with the audience walking from the indoor and out location around the city

Nominated for Best Production in the 2005 Irish Times Theatre Awards

Venue: Old Irish Distillery (North Mall), City Courthouse and Liberty Street, 14 to 25 June 2005.

Written by William Shakespeare
Adapted by Jocelyn Clarke
Directed by Pat Kiernan

Assistant Director – Joanne Beirne
Production Manager – Joe Stockdale
Assistant Production Manager – Eoin O Cathain
Stage Manager – Rose-Anne Kidney
Assistant Stage Manager – Niamh O Meara
Lighting Design – Paul Denby
Set Design – Roma Patel
Costume Design – Joan Hickson
Composers – Mel Mercier and Linda Buckley
Video Production – Mick Hurley

Sponsored by Murray Ó Laoire Architects
Corcadorca Theatre Company - Sponsor


Set Design/ video