Chris Swain

    • Lighting Designer
    • Production Manager

    Bristol

Reviews

YearReviewPublication
2020Much of this comes from Chris Swain's gorgeous lighting design, working together with Ruth Shepherd's set.
Lilith Wozniak
exeuntmagazine.com
2020
Frey Kwa Hawking
exeuntmagazine.com
2020It's a predictably classy show, Rhys Jarman's industrial design moodily lit by Chris Swain....
Fergus Morgan
thestage.co.uk
2020Chris Swain's ravishing lighting creates a lush, cosmic atmosphere full of shafts of smoky light....
Andrew Latimer
exeuntmagazine.com
2020Chris Swain’s versatile lighting, from eerie grey-green washes to moveable lightboxes, serves as an additional character, driving the narrative forward.
Catherine Love
theguardian.com
2017The tension resides in Chris Swain’s interrogatory lighting.
Rosemary Waugh
thestage.co.uk

Credits

YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2020Lighting Designer
Theatre
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
David Mercantali
Tobacco Factory Theatres & Salisbury Creative
Tobacco Factory Theatre and Salisbury Playhouse
2019 - 2020Lighting designer
Theatre
a little space
Rich Rusk, Dan Watson, Charli Ward & Karen Bartholomew
Gecko & Mind the Gap
Touring
2014 - 2020Lighting Designer
Theatre
InstituteGecko Theatre Company
UK Tour
2019Technical Manager
Theatre
In House & TouringTobacco Factory Theatres
Tobacco Factory Theatres
2019Re-lighter
Theatre
Spring
Sean Gandini & Alex Whitley
Gandini Juggling
Touring
2019Lighting Designer
Opera
The Barber of Seville
Richard Studer
Opera Project
Tobacco Factory Theatres
2019Chief Lx
Theatre
Malory Towers
Emma Rice
Wise Children
2019Lighting Designer
Theatre
Caucasian Chalk Circle
Jessie Jones
BOV Theatre School
Tobacco Factory Theatres
2019Lighting Designer
Theatre
Our Country's Good
Anna Girvan
Tobacco Factory Theatres
Tobacco Factory Theatres
2019Lighting Designer
Theatre
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Mike Tweddle
Tobacco Factory Theatres
Tobacco Factory Theatres
2018 - 2019Lighting Designer
Theatre
Missing
Amit Lahav
Gecko
Battersea Arts Centre, York Theatre Royal, Nottingham Playhouse and Nuffield Southampton
2018 - 2019Lighting Designer
Theatre
We Can Time Travel
Rich Rusk
Dom Coyote
Touring
2018Lighting Designer
Theatre
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Emme Earle and Joe Hufton
Pins and Needles & Theatre Royal Bath
The Egg, Bath Theatre Royal
2018Lighting Designer
Theatre
Beautiful Thing
Mike Tweddle
Tobacco Factory Theatres
Tobacco Factory Theatres
2018Lighting Designer
Theatre
Flies
Emma Earle and Hannah Drake
Pins and Needles
Pleasance Two
2018Lighting Designer
Theatre
Smoke Screens
Renaud Wiser and Patricia Okenwa
Renaud Wiser Dance Company
Touring
2018Re-lighter
Theatre
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk
Emma Rice
Kneehigh Theatre
Uk Touring
2018Re-lighter
Theatre
The Wedding
Amit Lahav
Gecko
Uk Touring
2018Lighting Designer
Other
5 Days of Falling
Sam Amos
TRASHDOLLYS
Touring
2016 - 2018Re-lighter
Theatre
Smashed
Sean Gandini
Gandini Juggling
International Tour
2015 - 2018Relighter
Theatre
4x4: Ephemeral ArchitecturesGandini Juggling
International Tour
2017Production Manager
Theatre
Circus City FesitvalCircus City
Bristol Venues
2017Lighting Designer
Theatre
The Dreamer
Rich Rusk
Gecko and Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre
Shanghai Centre for Dance & The Pleasance Grand, Edinburgh
2017Re-lighter
Theatre
Othello
Richard Twyman
Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory
Touring
2016Lighting Designer
Theatre
Blue Heart
David Mercantali
Tobacco Factory Theatres
The Tobacco Factory Theatre
2016Lighting Designer
Theatre
The Dreamer
Rich Rusk
Gecko
Shaghai Dramatic Arts Centre
2016Re-lighter
Tour
World FactoryMetis
Touring
2016Production Manager
Theatre
Dark Land Light House
Sleepdogs
Sleepdogs
Bristol Old Vic Studio
2015Lighting Designer
Theatre
The Light Princess
John Nicholson
The Tobacco Factory
The Tobacco Factory Theatre
2015Lighting Designer
Theatre
Time of Your Life (BBC4 performance)
Amit Lahav
Gecko
BBC Television Centre
2015Lighting Designer
Theatre
We Sort of DisappearR&D period
Trinity Arts Centre, Bristol
2015Lighting Designer
Theatre
Who Killed Bambi?Renaud Wiser Dance Company
Dance City, Newcastle
2014Relighter (own design)
Theatre
MissingGecko Theatre Company
International Tour
2014Lighting Designer
Theatre
InstituteGecko Theatre Company
National Tour
2013 - 2014Production Manager
Theatre
InstituteGecko Theatre Company
UK Tour
2013Lighting Designer
Theatre
Super Sam and Mega Max Save ChristmasTobacco Factory Theatre Company
Brewery Theatre
2013Lighting Designer
Theatre
MetropolisRenaud Wiser
Dance City, Newcastle
2013Re-lighter
Theatre
Ours Was The Fen CountryStill House
NT Shed
2013Lighting Designer
Theatre
Casting TracesNew Movement collective
Site Specific Performance in Copenhagen
2013Production Manager
Theatre
DraculaMark Bruce Dance Company
UK Tour
2013Lighting Designer
Theatre
MissingGecko
Pleasance Grand
2013Lighting Designer
Theatre
The Paper ArchitectMcGuires and Tobacco Factory Theatre
Site Specific Performance in London
2013Production Manager
Theatre
Mayfest Theatre FestivalMAYK
Bristol Venues
2013Re-Lighter
Theatre
The SeagullHeadlong Theatre Company
UK Tour
2013Lighting Designer
Theatre
The Queen's KnickersThe Egg/Southbank centre
The Egg, Bath and The Purcell Rooms, London
2012Production Manager
Theatre
Hansel & GretelN.I.E
Tobacco Factory Theatre
2012Lighting Designer
Theatre
The Lost PresentTobacco Factory Theatre Company
The Brewery Theatre
2012Relighter
Theatre
Sensual AfricaTavaziva Dance Company
Touring
2012Lighting Designer (with Matt Graham)
Theatre
Eugene OneginOpera Project
Tobacco Factory Theatre
2012Lighting Designer
Theatre
Something Like an ElephantTobacco Factory Theatre and Oran Mor
Tobacco Factory Theatre
2012Lighting Designer
Theatre
Peter Pan - Storm on the LawnTheatre Royal Bath Productions
Prior Park
2012Lighting Designer
Theatre
Wilde TalesTheatre Royal Bath Productions
The Egg
2012Lighting Designer
Theatre
Casting TracesNew Movement Collective
Testbed 1, Battersea
2012Production Manager
Theatre
Made In HeavenMark Bruce Dance Company
Small Scale Touring
2012Production Manager
Theatre
Mayfest Theatre FestivalMAYK & Bristol Old Vic
Bristol Venues
2012Lighting Designer
Theatre
MissingGecko Theatre Company
Touring
2011Production Manager
Theatre
(I Think) I Love YouTheatre Royal Bath Productions
The Egg Theatre
2011Programmer / Production LX
Theatre
Surprise of LoveUstinov Studio Company
Ustinov Studio, Bath Theatre Royal
2011Re-lighter
Theatre
The OvercoatGecko Theatre Company
Shanghai Theatre Acadamy Theatre
2011Programmer / Production Lx
Theatre
IphigeniaUstinov Studio Company
Ustinov Studio, Bath
2011Programmer / Production Lx
Theatre
Pheonix of MadridUstinov Studio Company
Ustinov Studio, Bath
2011Lighting Designer
Theatre
Bugsy MaloneTheatre Royal Bath Productions
Egg Theatre, Bath
2011Lighting Designer
Theatre
The Grapes of WrathTheatre Royal Bath Productions
Egg Theatre, Bath
2011Lighting Designer
Theatre
Devils MusicTheatre Royal Bath Productions
Egg Theatre, Bath
2011Relights
Theatre
Children of KillersNT Connections + BOV
Cottelsloe Theatre, NT
2011Production Manager
Theatre
Mayfest FestivalMAYK & Bristol Old Vic
Bristol venues
2011Lighting Designer
Theatre
MissingGecko Theatre Company
2011Production Manager
Theatre
Book LabyrinthTheatre Royal Bath Productions
The Egg, Bath
2010 - 2011Casual Lx Crew
Theatre
Various showsTobacco Factory Theatre Company
Tobacco Factory Theatre
2010 - 2011Casual LX
Theatre
VariousTheatre Royal Bath Productions
2010Relighter
Theatre
The OvercoatGecko theatre Company
Touring
2010Production Manager
Theatre
Love and WarMark Bruce Dance Company
Touring
2009 - 2010Production Manager
Tour
The Land of Yes and The Land of NoBonachela Dance Company
International Touring
2007 - 2009Casual LX
Theatre
Turnarounds and show crewSadler's Wells Theatre
2009Production Manager
Theatre
Is That All There Is?Inspector Sands Theatre Company
Traverse 2
2008 - 2009Technical Manager
Theatre
Dear BodyProtein Dance Company
UK tour
2007 - 2009Casual LX
Theatre
VariousArts Theatre, Cambridge
2008Production Manager
Theatre
Me + You = FiveRobin Dingemans
Bath ICIA
2008Production Manager
Theatre
Square Map of Q4Bonachela Dance Company
International Tour
2006 - 2007Lighting Technician
Theatre
Touring RepRambert Dance Company
National Tour
2006Lighting Designer
Theatre
The Tylwyth TegApricot Theatre
Welsh Tour + Edinburgh Fringe
2004 - 2006Casual Lx
Theatre
VariousRedgrave Theatre
Radgrave Theatre (Bristol)
2004 - 2006Casual Lx
Theatre
VariousTobacco Factory Theatre Company
Tobacco Factory (Bristol)
  • Education

    YearQualificationWhere
    20062 yr. Stage ManagementBristol Old Vic Theatre School

    Equipment

    I own (and can operate):
    Vectorworks 2018, ETC Nomad 1 universe with 2 DMX input DMX king Ethernet to DMX converter
    I can operate:
    ETC EOS/ION control desk

    Additional Skills

    Good competency with ETC EOS/ION, Vectorworks and Drafty CAD packages . A little Q-lab knowledge, and some basic networking, some basic video. I have IPAF and PASMA certification. Full clean UK driving licence.

    Referees

    Guy Hoare

    Lighting Designer

    **contact removed**

    Rosalind Wynn,

    Producer for Gecko Theatre Company

    About me

    I'm a freelance lighting designer, re-lighter and production manager. I have lots of experience with dance and physical theatre, including international touring experience. I have worked in China, Colombia, Mexico, Russia, the USA, and extensively throughout Europe.

  • Skills

    Organisation Memberships
    • BECTU (UK)
    Years in industry
    • 6+ years
    Company Experience
    • International Touring Theatre
    • National Theatre
    • Regional Theatre
    • UK Touring Theatre
    Experienced In
    • Ballet
    • Circus
    • Community
    • Dance
    • Devised
    • Drama
    • Experimental
    • Festival
    • Fringe
    Work Permits
    • EU
    Interested in
    • European Tour
    • Live Events
    • UK Tour
    • World Tour
    DBS checked
    • No
    Driving Licences
    • Standard