LIGHTING DESIGNER & PRODUCTION MANAGER
THE CAVERN, VAULT FESTIVAL 2019
CUP OF BREW
As a child, Alice fell into an orangutan enclosure, an event that influenced the rest of her life. Or maybe it hasn’t influenced anything. She’s not sure. But she’s going to figure it out.
Orangutan is the story of one woman trying to understand how she ended up here - wherever here is. A hilarious and heartfelt show about what it means to be human, what it means to matter, and how we can move on.
Writer | Toby King
Director | Fiona Kingwill
Producer | Joseph Cullen
Movement Director | Amy Warren
Lighting Designer & Production Manager | Timothy Kelly
Sound Designer | JP Guerrier
Associate Director | Katie Smith
Production Assistant | Martha Owen
Alice | Louise Waller
LIGHTING & SET DESIGNER
THE CAVERN, VAULT FESTIVAL 2019
VIEW FROM HERE
A punchy and hot-headed show exploring the dark, toxic and tumultuous friendship of two lads in east Belfast.
Sas and Monty are trapped in this place and in their heads. Their friendship orbits around a damaging and violent event from their pasts. Their imaginative and playful ‘game’ is the only way they can process the mess they feel inside.
Jade City uses rich language and powerful theatrical imagery to explore male friendship and toxic masculinity. The play talks sensitively about a brutally damaging event in their lives, and explores aspects of masculinity and mental health which affect many communities across Belfast, the UK and Ireland. Against these big topics, and as a way to escape the mundanity and trauma of their lives, the men have created a game. It is playful, childish, and allows them to explore their own lives and truths, to a devastating effect.
Developed with support from Department of Foreign Affairs (Ireland), Jerwood Foundation and EastSide Arts Belfast.
Cast: Barry Calvert and Brendan Quinn
Writer: Alice Malseed
Director: Katherine Nesbitt
Movement Director: David Quinn
Sound Designer: Michael Mormecha
Stage Manager: Philippa Mannion
Lighting & Set Designer: Timothy Kelly
Photos: Steve Gregson
"there is something undeniably powerful in this story [..] Barry Calvert and Brendan Quinn are both terrific, like two belligerent fighters unknowingly revealing their vulnerable spot, as they dance around Timothy Kelly’s simple boxing ring design which is a kind of trap"
PROJECTION & LIGHTING DESIGNER
THE CAVERN, VAULT FESTIVAL 2019 (IN DEVELOPMENT SHOWING)
Yasmin Sidhu and Casey Smith are best friends. At 17 the world as they know it is soon about to change. Yasmin will be off to University, a good one - to do maths. And Casey, well Casey needs to figure out what on earth it is she wants to be. She’s heard you can make a living doing makeup tutorials on insta, and nobody can contour like Casey.
In their small town in the midlands these two girls have grown up wildly different, thats what makes their friendship so strong, so deep. So when a video of Yasmin goes viral, everyone is shocked that it is her that is breaking the internet and not Casey.
'17' is a look at what it's like being a teenager now: trying things, learning stuff, failing, succeeding, heartbreak, expectations and shame. At 17 your world isn't just home, school and maybe further maths club, with the internet watching and recording and repeating your actions, your choices are there for everyone to see and for everyone to have an opinion on.
This lyrical play will throw you back into those unsteady days of 17.
Cast & Creatives
Playwright: Frankie Meredith
Director: Balisha Karra
Director: Finley-Rose Townsend
Producer: Joey Dawson
Lighting & Projection Designer: Timothy Kelly
Set Design Kaajel Patel
Sound Design: Dominic Kennedy
Cinematography: James Meteyard & Isaac Whittingham
Photos: Ali Wright
"The show is technically ambitious, making canny and restrained use of projection to illustrate the girls’ online life."
The Spy in the Stalls (★★★★)
"The back wall of The Vaults’ Cavern is cleverly used to project a stream of social media messages and YouTube clips.
[…] a raw, refreshing play that will resonate with everyone and anyone who had issues in their teens. It is fun but with a serrated edge."
CloseUp Culture (★★★★)
“A highlight of the piece projection of a social media timeline, with the actor’s forensic treatment of it as a timeline of criminal events, as if on a detective mission.”
Voice Mag (★★★★)
“A timeline of events is played out on the back wall through social media posts that spell out the girls’ pressures and priorities quite clearly. The cartoons used in place of photos heighten their sense of detachment from their real lives. Watching it play out and take hold of these impressionable young minds makes this a tough watch. We may not be 17 anymore, but do we really know any better?”
“A promising two-hander about teenage friendship, sex and social media”
“17. is not one to be missed, as the message is clear and important and provides a voice for all young women who have ever felt attacked, pressured and victimized through the ever-changing world of social media.”
With Her Words (★★★★)
ASSOCIATE LIGHTING DESIGNER
SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE & UK REGIONAL TOUR (AUTUMN 2018)
LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES
Olivier Award-nominated Les Enfants Terribles bring their signature style of visual storytelling to the stage with their First World War Epic, The Trench; blending live music, puppetry and physical performance for this special centenary production.
Written by Oliver Lansley and with live music by Alexander Wolfe, The Trench is inspired by the true story of a miner who became entombed underground in a collapsed tunnel during World War One. As the horror threatens to engulf him, he finds that not everything in the darkness is what it seems. The line between fantasy and reality blurs as he embarks on an epic journey for survival questioning what’s real, what’s not and whether it even matters?
Cast & Creatives
Writer: Oliver Lansley
Original Soundtrack performed live by Alexander Wolfe
Directors: James Seager & Oliver Lansley
Designer: Sam Wyer
Original Lighting Design: Paul Green
Silhouette animation: Richard Mansfield
Sound Design: Liam McDermott
Associate Designer: Alice Cox
Associate Lighting Designer (Southwark) & Relighter (Tour): Timothy Kelly
Associate Lighting Designer (Tour): Peter Fennell
Sound Operator: Adam Hutton
First performed in 2012 with: Alfie Boyd, Tim Jackson, Oliver Lansley, Conrad Sharp, and Alexander Wolfe.
Photos: Rah Petherbridge
"visually stunning, vividly realised"
The Stage (★★★★)
"it is in the sound and visuals where this production truly excels […] Les Enfants Terribles’ reputation for storytelling shines through"
“The standout lighting design begins as the audience comes into the theatre”
“it's hard not to get swallowed up by the haze-fuelled murkiness of the dank hellscape. Towards the end of the show, Peter Fennell and Timothy Kelly's lighting design also provide a series of hauntingly powerful images”
“excellent lighting by Peter Fennell and Timothy Kelly”
“These moments and many others are beautifully highlighted by Tim Kelly’s atmospheric and gorgeous lighting”
“This is a show which oozes creativity out of every moment”
“The audience become engrossed in this environment from the moment they step into the auditorium, setup with flickering lamps and decorated like the tunnels themselves”
“Actually manages to become greater than the sum of its fantastic parts”
PLEASANCE DOME, EDINBURGH FRINGE (SUMMER 2018)
WINNER OF THE MENTAL HEALTH FRINGE AWARD 2018
WINNER OF THE INDIES BEST THEATRE NEWCOMER 2018
VOICE MAG TOP PICK EDINBURGH FRINGE 2018
Jessie's sick of Leeds.
A city she thought she would never leave.
But the aimlessness of the people
she once believed she would always need
Wondering whether she's had enough,
in a dirty nightclub not too far off,
Jessie's blinded by the light of Allie Touch,
a singer song-writer with a taste for big ambitions,
amongst some other stuff.
Feeling rough in the five in the morning sunlight,
Jessie's sight is fixed on the path that Allie lights
And like a moth to a flame in the night,
Written in spoken word poetry and underscored entirely by original music created live, Electrolyte is an explosive piece of gig-theatre exploring grief, depression and psychosis.
Electrolyte is the winner of the 2018 LET Award and is currently supported by The Watermill Theatre and Theatr Clwyd
Cast & Creatives
Jessie | Olivia Sweeney
Paul | Ben Simon
Ralph | Chris Georgiou
Allie | Maimuna Memon
Jim | James Meteyard
Donna | Megan Ashley
Written & conceived by James Meteyard
Music & Lyrics by Maimuna Memon
Directed by Donnacadh O'Briain
Produced by Joseph Dawson
Lighting by Timothy Kelly
Costume by Hannah Hodge
Joseph Dawson (1-2)
The Other Richard http://www.theotherrichard.com (3-14)
"Loud and driven"
The Scotsman (★★★★★)
"This gig-theatre experience may be exhausting, but leaves you feeling electric."
"Make sure you don't book anything immediately afterwards, as you're going to need some time to recover"
Broadway Baby (★★★★★)
"The lighting design create[s] eerie sunrises, blue moods, and the kind of midnight raves that have the audiences itching to get out of their seats and get those hands high above their heads."
"The music and lighting [...] create a powerful visual effect as we see flickering and contorted bodies on stage, adding to the frenzied sense of chaos and a loss of control."
Voice Mag (★★★★★)
"this innovative piece of theatre brought many in the audience to tears and enjoyed an utterly deserved standing ovation"
The List (★★★★)
"energetic electronica-filled gig theatre"
The Stage (★★★★)
"ambitious, beautiful, well-directed and gorgeously performed show"
Fringe Review (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
"Timothy Kelly’s nuanced lighting manages to capture the dreamlike brilliance of the gig, elsewhere suggests a sense of confused claustrophobia, and at times slams us back to reality."
Urbane Fox (★★★★)
"some of the best light since God did The Big Sun"
my mate Isaac
AV AND LIGHTING DESIGNER
EDINBURGH FRINGE 2018 / GREENWICH THEATRE / UK TOUR
WINNER OF A THREEWEEKS EDITORS' AWARD 2018
You're an immortal demi-goddess whose only job is to sing and look beautiful. No, this isn't a show about Beyoncé.
Three Greek sirens find themselves washed up on Hastings beach. It's 2018, and sitting around naked on rocks is no longer en vogue. But the sirens are still cursed: any man who hears their voice dies instantly.
It's a bit of a drag.
Award-winning Zoo Co returns to stick two fingers up at gender expectations with their trademark visual storytelling, and stunning projections. Sirens is creatively captioned and BSL inclusive.
Cast & Creatives
Pia | Fleur Rooth
Lou / Nadia | Florence O’Mahony
Xoe | Rosalind Hoy
Tobi / Zeus | Jamal Ajala
Stuart / Other Men | Nick Gilbert
Devised by the company
Composer | Mark Aspinall
AV / Lighting Design | Timothy Kelly
Production Manager | Timothy Kelly
Assistant Producer | Yoona Park
Set | Adam Bottomley
Costume | Emma Lynch
AV Consultant | Simon Wainwright
Deaf Consultant / BSL tutor | Rupal Chandi
Interpreters | Jenny Fernandez-White & Nicola Clements
Photos by Yoona Park
More information on Zoo Co can be found at www.wearezooco.co.uk
"a bold, unconventional show that will leave you wanting to raise your voice just a little louder"
"Timothy Kelly’s projections are a delight, both facilitating access for D/deaf and hard of hearing audience members and supporting the narrative in clever and amusing ways."
Fringe Review (RECOMMENDED SHOW)
"Sirens is a fist-pumping feel-good display of girl power, and a triumph of silent and silenced voices. With a fierce feminist message, this isn’t a cry for freedom, this is a collective roar of liberation."
"Sirens is a thought-provoking, and genuinely entertaining look at the unfortunate durability of gender-expectation for women"
Arthur's Seat (★★★★)
"Spunky and fun with a graphic novel aesthetic and approach to storytelling. [..] All speech is captioned, BSL is heavily used and all performances are relaxed, giving the show a wonderfully welcoming feel. The DIY design style (with excellent projections) that could give the production an amateurish feel instead ties in with their inclusiveness."
"an impressive projector"
an audience member called Kaitlin
GREENWICH THEATRE STUDIO (SPRING 2018)
THE FINDING MAN PROJECT
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY NICK GILBERT
RELIGHTER / TECHNICAL STAGE MANAGER
REGIONAL TOUR (SPRING 2018)
The Drama Barn, University of York (AUTUMN 2015)
Directed by Harry Benjamin
'Mancub' is a bold and funny play about the perils of adolescence.
It tells the beautiful and absurd story of a boy who seems to be turning into animals. Paul faces the usual struggles of growing up. He struggles for understanding with his father, and struggles to work out what girls are about. But he also faces a more pressing problem. Strange things keep happening, and they are getting stranger. Reality seems to be shifting. People are looking at him in a different way.
Does Paul really turn into animals, or does he only think he does?
Mancub was my first opportunity to try out lighting design and programming. And I probably couldn't have chosen a more complex play to jump into the deep end with. For this manically fast play that changes character and location every other second, I created a bold, dynamic, lighting design to help the audience figure out where they are, and to push the pace to near-absurd heights. For the quieter scenes, the mood was set by 84m of fairy lights entwined into tree branches covering the entire ceiling, creating a beautiful night sky.
Photos (C) Gavin Pattison
"It is rare for a creative performance to be considered flawless, but the Drama Barn’s rendition of Mancub merits to sit in that rank"
"Tim Kelly’s lighting design makes excellent use of the Barn’s new lighting rig [and] blend[s] seamlessly with the rest of the production"
A Younger Theatre
AV Designer / Assistant Lighting Designer
Black Box Theatre, University of York (SPRING 2016)
directed by venetia cook
How far would you go in a world without morals or humanity?
The Karamazov family live in a world of frustration, violence and devotion. Delirium depicts their collective struggle to resist their inherited demon, the insect which plagues their minds and everything within their world as they obsess over money, God, women, alcohol and knowledge.
What becomes of a life of debauchery, excess and selfish pursuits?
Will it ever resolve, or have they reached the point of no return?
My main role in this production consisted of designing and co-ordinating the projected elements within the show. To create an uneasy, timeless feel, I opted to utilise a combination of digital and analogue projection using an OHP. I directed the design of the drawings to be projected (and drew some myself), and then vectorised them in Adobe Illustrator before printing to acetate to give an inky, but oddly smooth effect and to increase consistency between artwork created by different people.
The digital projection was created using Final Cut Pro X.
UNIVERSITY OF YORK (SPRING 2016)
DIRECTED BY VENETIA COOK
Two of the most hilarious French comedies in a unique double bill.
George Dandin and The Suitors are masterpieces by the greatest playwrights of the French 17th century, Molière and Jean Racine.
Both premiered within the same month in 1668, the two plays centre on their lead characters’ obsessive pursuit of their goals. They form a comical match made in heaven.
The Suitors centres on a judge who cannot stop judging, in everyday life as well as his court. His delusions cause hilarious and outrageous complications for all those around him.
This was the play assigned to us for our Early Modern production project as part of the final year of my degree. As lighting designer I encountered the many challenges that the thrust stage and steeply raked seating of the Scenic Stage Theatre created when combined with a cyclorama, a skeletal set and numerous floor-level birdies - and the added challenge of having to share a rig with the other show in the double bill with little to no time to change over between shows.
Associate Lighting Designer
Scenic Stage Theatre, University of York (SUMMER 2016)
Directed by Michael Cordner
LIGHTING DESIGN BY ROBERTO DEL PINO
As an Associate Lighting Designer for Hyde Park, I worked under Roberto Del Pino to bring his lighting design to fruition. My job included rigging, focussing, patching and programming many traditional, intelligent and moving lanterns, and I additionally had to get to grips with using High-End Systems' DL.3s.
Working with Rob was a great opportunity to learn more of the technicalities of good lighting design, including the need for - and how to achieve - balanced lighting across the stage, especially important as this production was being filmed and livestreamed.
Photos (C) Ollie Jones, Timothy Kelly
A TALE OF ROBIN HOOD
UPSTAGE THEATRE, YORK (SPRING 2016)
NOT CRICKET PRODUCTIONS
DIRECTED BY JOEL BATES
LIGHTING DESIGNER / STAGE MANAGER
YORK THEATRE ROYAL (TAKEOVER FESTIVAL 2016)
DIRECTED BY CHARLOTTE COLES