In light of PLASA’s 40th anniversary, the ALD will look back over the last forty years of lighting design in the UK, considering how the role of the lighting designer and the practice of lighting design have changed in that time.
Panel members: Coral Cooper, David Hersey, Richard Pilbrow
Chaired by Kelli Zezulka
Recorded at the PLASA London trade show on Sunday 17th September 2017
Leeds is home to many theatre companies that make and explore performance outside the confines of a “traditional” built theatre. Three weeks prior to PLASA, Leeds will host the Transform Festival, which presents theatre work everywhere from arts venues across Leeds, to city sites and outdoor spaces. Outside the festival, Leeds companies Slung Low, RashDash, Unlimited, Riptide and others specialise in making site-specific work in public places. This panel will explore the challenges of lighting for non-traditional spaces, using work based in and around Leeds as case studies.
ALD Seminar at PLASA Focus: Leeds - Wednesday 10th May 2017
The PLASA Technician Survey in 2014 found that 93% of its members were male, with most considering lighting to be their specialism. A quick survey of the ALD membership suggests roughly the same gender split amongst its professional members. Although female representation in design and technical theatre has been increasing in recent years, ethnic diversity remains a problem. Anecdotal reports suggest very few BME candidates apply to training courses or entry-level theatre jobs, and technical theatre is all too often a white, middle-class preserve. What might be the underlying reasons for this, and what can be done to encourage more diversity in design and technical theatre – particularly in terms of gender, race and socio-economic background?
ALD Seminar at ABTT Theatre Show - Wednesday 22nd June 2016
“How do the limitations of equipment, venues and money as well as the increased requirements of additional jobs in small scale theatre affect the creative role of the lighting designer? Do they limit the choices that can be made, or does it allow creativity to flourish? How will the developing technologies impact on choices and working methods in the medium term?”
A recording of ALD 2015 Seminar at PLASA Focus: Leeds. (12th May 2015 - Royal Armouries, Leeds)