Independent producer, Mina-Jae Stephens approached John Fish to conceptualise and create the artwork and promotional material for her play Above All Else that was part of Melbourne Fringe Festival 2014.
"You must tell me what it is that women desire most, above all else."
Based on the 15th century English poem ‘Sir Gawain and the Lady Ragnell’, the play is a contemporary interpretation of this riddle central to the story. John Fish created imagery that invoked a sense of mystery and ambiguity surrounding the question: what do women want? This question we aimed to plant in the minds of the audience.
In the promotional trailer the play’s feminist undertones and questioning nature were visualised through a rotating clay sculpture interrupted with sudden symbolic insights. John Fish composed the soundtrack to suggest this searching for answers. Equally as adventurous, the play’s poster shows a female figure walking through a door into a red void. By dissecting the play’s narrative an exciting and multivalent visual world could be created.