Re-Creation & Adaptation
When not lighting his own shows, Rob has long worked alongside other lighting designers to help them deliver their lighting vision to the stage and so to the audience.
For many years, Rob has worked as Lighting Programmer - the interface between the lighting designer’s vision and the technology required to deliver that vision - and continues to do so to this day.
This has always given him the perfect vantage point to understand not just how but why the lighting for a show looks the way it does. Rob now also uses that knowledge now to work as an Associate Lighting Designer, sometimes combining that with being the Lighting Programmer, to deliver new productions of existing shows around the world or adaptations of existing productions when required for tours or live broadcasts.
Rob's combined experience as Lighting Designer and Lighting Programmer equips him well for this kind of work, able to carefully analyse the requirements of each production from lighting plans, adapt as required to suit the new circumstances, then re-make the lighting starting from the data in the console showfile but always finally looking at the stage and making decisions based on what he sees there.
Upcoming, current and recent productions in this capacity include:
Mata Hari: Working on this new musical in Jaan with Rick Fisher.
Billy Elliot: Adapting and re-creating Rick Fisher's design and deputising for Rick on the last US Tour, the Dutch production, the recent UK tour and this year’s Japanese production. [link]
Peter Pan - The Opera: Adapting and re-creating Bruno Poet's design for a run at the Komische Oper in Berlin. [link]
Grease - The Musical: Adapting Guy Hoare’s design for the Leicester Curve production for a short run in Dubai. [link]
The Winter’s Tale: Adapting Neil Austin’s design for the Live Broadcast to Cinema as part of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company season at the Garrick Theatre. [link]
Romeo and Juliet: Adapting Howard Hudson's design for the Live Broadcast to Cinema (in black and white!) as part of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company season at the Garrick Theatre. [link]