Light as Narrative: A Practical Exploration

  • Light as Narrative: A Practical Exploration
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About this course


Three days

Term Start

Monday 3 to Wednesday 5 September 2018

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a thorough understanding of lighting and a wish to develop their own lighting design practice.

Application is via CV and brief supporting statement.

All applicants will be asked to have an informal conversation with the course tutors before a place is confirmed.

Why choose this course?

  • Work with acclaimed lighting designer Paule Constable
  • Practical exploration and experimentation in our theatre
  • Understand the role of light in the dramaturgical process

Fee and Application Information

How to Apply

This workshop is delivered over three days of intensive full-time training at our Sidcup campus. A certificate of attendance will be provided.

How to Apply
Please click here to apply. 

Course Fees  
Full Fee
£495 (paid in full before 1 August 2018)

Accommodation (if required)
£180 (four night booking)

A limited number of bursary places are available for this course. Bursary applicants will be asked for information about their financial situation before a bursary is granted. Please contact for more information.

Course content

This three day workshop aims to give participants opportunities to explore the design of light for performance. Led by lighting designers Paule Constable and Hansjörg Schmidt, the workshop will consider ways of thinking about light as an active material within the process of generating narrative.

Working in one of the college’s theatre spaces, participants can practically explore and experiment with how light interacts with space, movement and narrative. Each day will consist of a group discussion led by the workshop leaders about the nature and role of lighting in performance, a practical exercise testing out ideas generated by these discussions, and a group evaluation of each day’s outcomes.

Workshop outcomes will differ from participant to participant, but it is hoped that each participant will leave the workshop with an enhanced understanding of how light can be used as a dramaturgical tool that can have its own distinct material qualities, and with the confidence to develop their own lighting practice accordingly.

Course directors:

Paule Constable is an internationally acclaimed lighting designer. She won the 2005, 2006, 2009, and 2013 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design.  She was also a nominee for four further productions and for a 2007 Tony Award on Broadway. In 2011 she won the Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a play for War Horse.

Her opera productions includes many designs for the Royal Opera, English National Opera, Glyndebourne, Opera North, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera. Abroad she has worked in Paris, Salzburg, Strasbourg, Berlin, Brussels, New Zealand, Dallas and Houston. For the Metropolitan Opera in New York she has designed lighting for Satyagraha, Anna Bolena, Don Giovanni, Giulio Cesare, The Marriage of Figaro, and others.

She has created fifteen productions at the National Theatre, including Paul. Her lighting designs are regularly seen at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Donmar Warehouse, the Royal Court Theatre and the Théâtre de Complicité. In the West End she lit Evita, Don Carlos, The Weir and Amadeus (also Broadway, 1999 LA Critics' Award winner).
Recent work includes Follies and Angels in America at the National Theatre. 

Hansjörg Schmidt is a lighting designer, working regularly with a group of UK based artists and theatre companies. He is also the Programme Director BA (Hons) Lighting Design at Rose Bruford College in London, and his research interests lie in the area of lighting, environment and narrative.

Recent work includes, Doctor Faustus (Arcola/tangle theatre). On the High Road (Latitude Festival/clod ensemble). Men and Girls Dance (fevered sleep).

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