I commenced working with lighting and sound as a teenager. For quite a few years afterwards I scaled back my interests in this area, but I got back into technical theatre more seriously again in the 1990s and since then I have worked on over 130 shows, nearly 100 of them as lighting designer.
I have some lighting equipment of my own and use Lightfactory to control many of my shows but mostly find myself in venues that have their own rigs. However. for example, at Leighton Park School we build a complete lighting rig from scratch using hired equipment from Dinrino Theatre Services and my own stock.
Companies and organisations I have worked with include Reading Operatic Society, The Sainsbury Singers, the Linda Butler School of Dance, Mostly G&S, Starmaker, Woodley Theatre, Shinfield Players Theatre, Henley Players, Henley Amateur Operatic Society, Berzerk Productions, How Very Events, Woodley Light Operatic Society, Henley Children’s Theatre, the Lodge School of Dance and The Salvation Army.
I’ve worked in the Hexagon Theatre and Concert Hall in Reading, the Wilde Theatre in Bracknell, the Kenton Theatre and Studio in Henley, the Lyric Hammersmith, the Bearwood College Theatre near Wokingham, the Leighton Park School Theatre near Reading, the Oakwood Theatre in Woodley, Reading and Crosfields School Theatre in Shinfield, near Reading.
Here is a list of shows and events for which I have been involved in the lighting design and operation:
• Aladdin Jnr Berzerk Productions • All Shook Up Reading Operatic Society • Beauty and the Beast Sainsbury Singers • Beauty and the Beast pantomime Henley Children’s Theatre • La Belle Hélène Reading Operatic Society • The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Reading Operatic Society • Blitz Sainsbury Singers • Linda Butler Modern Tap and Dance Show Linda Butler School of Dance 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 • Calendar Girls Henley Players • Chess The Musical Sainsbury Singers • Children of Eden Reading Operatic Society • Cinderella Linda Butler School of Dance • Citizenship Berzerk Productions • Communicating Doors Woodley Theatre • Crazy For You Sainsbury Singers • Deck The Halls Masquerade Theatre Company and Reading Operatic Society • Die Fledermaus Reading Operatic Society • Die Fledermaus in Concert Mostly G&S • Disco Inferno Reading Operatic Society Elf Jnr Berzerk Productions • La Fille mal Gardée Linda Butler School of Dance 2009, 2015 • Footloose Reading Operatic Society • The Gondoliers Reading Operatic Society • The Gondoliers In Concert Mostly G&S • Grease Reading Operatic Society • Hairspray Reading Operatic Society • HMS Pinafore Reading Operatic Society • HMS Pinafore Woodley Light Operatic Society • HMS Pinafore in Concert Mostly G&S • HMS Pinafore From Scratch Sainsbury Singers • Hospital Food Berzerk Productions • Infamous Berzerk Productions • Iolanthe Reading Operatic Society • Iolanthe in concert Mostly G&S • Into The Woods Sainsbury Singers • Jekyll & Hyde Sainsbury Singers • Jewels Linda Butler School of Dance • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat The Salvation Army • A Journey Through Magical Musicals Reading Operatic Society • Kiss Me Kate Sainsbury Singers • The Last Five Years How Very Events • Legally Blonde Reading Operatic Society • John Lewis Fashion Show The Salvation Army • The Lion King Jnr Berzerk Productions and St Edwards School • The Little Mermaid Berzerk Productions • Lodge School of Dance Show Lodge School of Dance 2016 • Love Online Sainsbury Singers • The Merry Widow in Concert Mostly G&S 2011, 2016 • The Mikado Reading Operatic Society • The Mikado in Concert Mostly G&S • Momentz Raymond Burton and Clare Kendall • My Son Pinocchio Berzerk Productionsl • The Nutcracker Linda Butler School of Dance • Oklahoma! Reading Operatic Society • Oklahoma! Sainsbury Singers • Oliver! Reading Operatic Society • Pajama Game Reading Operatic Society • Patience in concert Mostly G&S • Peter and the Wolf Linda Butler School of Dance • Pirates of Penzance Reading Operatic Society • Princess Ida in concert Mostly G&S • Rapunzel pantomime Henley Children’s Theatre • Reading Carol Concert The Salvation Army, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 • Red Hot & Cole Sainsbury Singers • The Secret Garden Linda Butler School of Dance • Showtune Sainsbury Singers • Sister Act Reading Operatic Society • Sleeping Beauty Linda Butler School of Dance • The Sorcerer in Concert Mostly G&S • South Pacific Sainsbury Singers • Starmaker 20th Anniversary Concert Starmaker • Strictly Musicals Sainsbury Singers • Strictly Musicals – Happily Ever After Sainsbury Singers • Sunshine on Leith Henley Amateur Operatic Society • Sweet Charity Sainsbury Singers • Tales of Beatrix Potter Linda Butler School of Dance • Thoroughly Modern Millie Sainsbury Singers • Trial By Jury in Concert Mostly G&S • Treasure Island Shinfield Players • The Wedding Singer Reading Operatic • West End Goes Woodley Woodley Light Operatic Society • West End Hits Woodley Light Operatic Society • West Side Story Reading Operatic Society • The Yeomen of the Guard in Concert (Mostly G&S) • The Yeomen of the Guard in Concert (Mostly G&S).
Lighting tech, followspot op or assistant LD
• Anything Goes • The Boy Friend • Calamity Jane • Carmen • Carousel • Die Fledermaus • Evita • Fame • Fiddler on the Roof • Guys and Dolls • The Gondoliers • Iolanthe • Les Miserables school edition • Me and My Girl • The Merry Widow • The Mikado • Miss Saigon school edition • Orpheus in the Underworld • Our House • Patience • Pickwick • The Pirates of Penzance • Queen Meets Starmaker • Ruddigore • Starmaker 100th Show • Sweeney Todd • The Yeomen of the Guard.