Shall We Dance | Photographer: Alexander Allen | From the show MovieWorld
Evening Scene | Photographer: Alexander Allen | From the show Don't Dress for Dinner
Photographer: Alexander Allen | From the show Beauty and the Beast - Panto
Photographer: Alexander Allen | From the show Sleeping Beauty - Panto
Photographer: Alexander Allen | From the show Overture and Beginners

Alexander Allen

Alexander entered the varied world of Technical Entertainment in 1999 with a City & Guilds 1810 qualification under his belt and started gaining extensive experience through a couple of touring shows and various other projects.
The ‘calling of the sea’ offered the next set of challenges. Contracts over the next six years provided work on Victoria, Aurora, Oriana, Arcadia and Artemis. Modernisation (via refits) and bringing a new ship on-line (Arcadia) were among the many challenges experienced within the Entertainment Department.
During time spent working with the creative team of CMC whilst remaining with P&O he was to advise on the technical specifications for new show ideas and to improve on ways to keep the old traditions alive. A varied input to show operation led to successful and extensive programming of lighting boards with a great flair and finesse for moving lights. This lighting side materialised into full lighting designs for production shows, whilst still undertaking the programming.
During the recurring contracts with P&O Cruises, progression to Production Manager was inevitable and this happened in late February 2002. Re-introducing Pyrotechnics to P&O with the new safety standards and setting up Chemical and Environmental Compliance policies for the on-board entertainment department have been some of the noteworthy production manager challenges.
In June 2006 career prospects and planning for the future saw Alex leave his sea legs behind for a while and start trading as 4Kandles Lighting.

2007 brought contacts from far and wide allowing lighting design work on various productions and shows, with the hi-light being the UK tour of Lady Salsa.

2008 saw a return to the sea and P&O as one of the Lighting Designers for Headliners Theatre Company, nine months of short-term contracts completing successful designs and programming followed, with many a fun time thrown in for good measure. In amongst these designs time was found to work on other projects including ‘all year round’ Pantos at Butlins working with the creative team of Oddpost Entertainment, providing many an enjoyable opportunity.

2009 brought more work with Oddpost Entertainment lighting other shows at Butlins, supplying a varied and enjoyable range of shows for the children; along with the continuation of the 2008 contracts from P&O.

2010 saw a chance come along to prove that his design skills and moving light programming could still keep up with the fast paced footwork of Salsa dancers once again, touring ‘The Kings of Salsa’ round the Baltic countries; every day encountering differing lighting rigs and foreign speaking crew, a good job he’s always up for a challenge!

An initial career interest in electrics was further updated with the latest amendments of BS7671 and also BS7909 and its uses put to good effect with a few projects later on in 2012/13, let alone in these upcoming years as electrical safety becomes ever more prevalent.

The big challenge of 2011 saw ‘The Kings of Salsa’ show head to the good ol’ US of A and a two month tour of one-nighter style engagements, bouncing state to state and performance space to space, from 300 seat theatres to 3000 seat auditoria; a nightly lighting challenge to say the least, thinking six venues ahead on the odd day off, pre-planning lx kit hires et al. To top it all off, from the third week in, Alex also accepted the duties of Production Manager / Technical Director, so as well as keeping lighting vibrant, SX & wardrobe supervisory duties befell to him, just to keep things fun!

2012 saw the further forays of a skill developed back in 2009 aptly coinciding with lighting, that being the specification / programming & use of media servers, primarily aimed at the low-budget corporate market, where ‘bang for buck’ was everything. This moved onto experimentation with building mapping, enduring challenges of all sorts along the way.

The latter half of 2012 saw his introduction to Kings Place Music Foundation, working as a casual member of the LX team, working on classical concerts / conferences and interesting performances alike, whilst utilising his electrical & maintenance knowledge to keep equipment in working order. These casual engagements continued until June 2014 when a full-time contract was entered into with Kings Place, to take on its lighting department with the aims to re-build it into a successful entity and modernise / overhaul the venues lighting capabilities across multiple spaces, which Alex took on with relish and established some very reliable industry and manufacturer contacts along the way.

Among noteworthy achievements whist at Kings Place would be the specification and installation of LED-engine based automated lights in the form of the Robe Robin DL range; whereby all existing automated units had reached end-of-life usability when assessed in a cost effective maintenance structure.

The later part of 2014, all of 2015 & most of 2016 seems to have flown by at Kings Place, making improvements all the time, leading a team from the front and at times revisiting the original ‘snagging’ list to tick-off certain items still left there!

September 2016 saw Alex’s departure from Kings Place following an inter-departmental restructure across ICT and Technical departments, streamlining roles, resulting in LX, SX & AV managerial positions being made redundant.

So it is to the future that Alex now turns, seeking interesting challenges and projects with which to apply his varied skill-set and caring attitude, as that of an all-round lighting practitioner. Be it from the incoming 3-phase mains power supply through to a full-scale creative lighting design, Alex can address these topics, complete tasks and ably assist where needed.

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Current credits

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative team Closes
Dance Dance Dance Dance Neptune Lounge - MS Balmoral
PEEL Cruise / Entertainment
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Eric Carpenter
02 Mar 2100

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
The Kings of Salsa - North American Tour Dance Palace Theatre, Stamford, CT, then touring
Maximo Productions
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Roclan Gonzalez Chavez
Sep 2011
Voices in the Alleyway Dance Cochrane Theatre, London
Faith Drama / Spread Expression
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Cindy Claes
Set designer: Phil Newman
Jun 2011
Element Beyond Gravity Opera Mezzanine Level, Slip 3, Chatham Historic Dockyard
Curious Planet
Lighting Designer Director: Tania Holland
Apr 2011
Cape Fear, Supporting Feeder Concert RoundHouse, Camden, London
Cape Fear Ltd
Lighting Designer Feb 2011
Kings of Salsa - Autumn Tour Dance Maximo Productions Lighting Designer Choreographer: Roclan Gonzalez Chavez
Sep 2010
The Kings of Salsa Dance Maximo Productions Lighting Designer Choreographer: Roclan Gonzalez Chavez
Feb 2010
De Fledermaus Opera The Barn Theatre, Oxted, Surrey
Aquarian Opera
Lighting Designer Director: Tania Holland Williams
Set designer: Mark Sutherland
Feb 2010
Nick Jr - Rainforest Adventure Theatre Centre Stage, Butlins
Oddpost Entertainment / Butlins
Lighting Designer Director: Terry Morrision
Apr 2009
We'll Meet Again Theatre Theatre Royal, Oriana
Headliners / P&O Cruises
Lighting Designer Director: Rob Leaver
Set designer: RDW
Feb 2009
Sleeping Beauty - Panto Theatre Centre Stage, Butlins
Oddpost Entertainment / Butlins
Lighting Designer Director: Terry Morrision
Feb 2009
Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Theatre Centre Stage, Butlins
Oddpost Entertainment / Butlins
Lighting Designer Director: Terry Morrision
Feb 2009
Aladdin - Panto Theatre Centre Stage, Butlins
Oddpost Entertainment / Butlins
Lighting Designer Director: Terry Morrision
Feb 2009
At The Hop Theatre Theatre Royal, Oriana
Headliners / P&O Cruises / Viva
Lighting Designer Director: Jo Godolphin
Jan 2009
We'll Meet Again Theatre Palladium Theatre, Arcadia
Headliners / P&O Cruises
Lighting Designer Director: Jerry Robinson
Set designer: PerryScenic
Jan 2009
Harlequinade Theatre Palladium Theatre, Arcadia
Headliners / P&O Cruises
Lighting Designer Director: Jeryy Robinson
Set designer: Peter Bull
Dec 2008
Let's Face The Music and Dance Theatre Theatre Royal, Oriana
Headliners / P&O
Lighting Designer Director: Bruce Morrison
Set designer: Peter Bull
Oct 2008
True Brit Theatre Theatre Royal, Oriana
Headliners / P&O
Lighting Designer Director: Bruce Morrison
Set designer: Peter Bull
Oct 2008
MP3Z Theatre Pacific Lounge, Oriana
Headliners / P&O
Lighting Designer Director: Scott Marshall
Jul 2008
Stairway To Paradise Theatre Palladium Theatre, Arcadia
Headliners / P&O
Lighting Designer Director: Jerry Robinson
Jun 2008
Cry Of The Celts Theatre Palladium Theatre, Arcadia
Headliners / P&O
Lighting Designer Director: Jerry Robinson / Bruce Morrison
Jun 2008
World Steps Theatre Palladium Theatre, Arcadia
Headliners / P&O
Lighting Designer Director: Jerry Robinson
May 2008
I Write The Songs Theatre Palladium Theatre, Arcadia
Headliners / P&O
Lighting Designer Director: Jerry Robinson
May 2008
Swinging 60's Theatre Palladium Theatre, Arcadia
Headliners / P&O
Lighting Designer Director: Jerry Robinson
May 2008
Another Opening, Another Show Theatre Palladium Theatre, Arcadia
Headliners / P&O
Lighting Designer Director: Jerry Robinson
May 2008
Live 'N' Swinging Theatre Theatre Royal. Oriana
Headliners / P&O
Lighting Designer Director: Scott Marshall / Bruce Morrison
May 2008
Award Theatre Theatre Royal, Oriana
Headliners / P&O
Lighting Designer Director: Scott Marshall / Bruce Morrison
May 2008
Movie Mania Theatre Theatre Royal, Oriana
Headliners / P&O
Lighting Designer Director: Scott Marshall / Bruce Morrison
Apr 2008
We Are The Champions Theatre Pacific Lounge, Oriana
Headliners / P&O
Lighting Designer Director: Scott Marshall / Bruce Morrison
Apr 2008
You've Got To Have Friends Theatre Theatre Royal, Oriana
Headliners / P&O
Lighting Designer Director: Scott Marshall / Bruce Morrison
Apr 2008
Viva Vegas Theatre Theatre Royal, Oriana
Headliners / P&O
Lighting Designer Director: Scott Marshall / Bruce Morrison
Apr 2008
Aladdin - Panto Theatre Centre Stage - Bognor Regis - Butlins
Oddpost Entertainment / Butlins
Lighting Designer Director: Terry Morrison
Feb 2008
Sleeping Beauty - Panto Theatre Centre Stage - Butlins - Minehead
Oddpost Entertainment / Butlins
Lighting Designer Director: Terry Morrison
Feb 2008
Goldilocks and the 3 Bears - Panto Theatre Centre Stage - Skegness - Butlins
Oddpost Entertainment / Butlins
Lighting Designer Director: Terry Morrison
Feb 2008
The Taming of The Shrew Theatre White Rock Inn - Pub Garden
Sevenoaks Shakespeare Society
Lighting Designer Director: John Turnbull
Set designer: Brian Kemp
Jul 2007
Lady Salsa Dance Cambridge Arts Theatre, then touring
Adam Spiegel Productions / Stage Entertainment
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Roclan Gonzalez Chavez
Jul 2007
The Merchant Of Venice Theatre The Ship Theatre
Sevenoaks Shakespeare Society
Lighting Designer Director: Michael Payne
Set designer: Brian Kemp
Apr 2007
Teechers Theatre Stag Theatre / Sevenoaks Playhouse
London Road Productions
Lighting Designer Jan 2007
Beauty and the Beast - Panto Theatre The Broadway Theatre - Peterborough
The Key Theatre Company & Chris Moreno Ltd
Lighting Designer Director: Michael Cross
Set designer: Alan Miller Bunford
Dec 2006
Wicked Wacky Broadway Theatre Theatre Royal - m.v. Oriana (P&O)
CMC / P&O Cruises
Lighting Designer Director: David Morgan
Set designer: Alan Miller Bunford
Aug 2005
Overture and Beginners Theatre Theatre Royal - m.v. Oriana (P&O)
CMC / P&O Cruises
Lighting Designer Director: David Morgan
Set designer: Alan Miller Bunford
Aug 2005
The Magic That Is Eurovision Theatre Theatre Royal - m.v. Oriana (P&O)
CMC / P&O Cruises
Lighting Designer Director: David Morgan
Set designer: Alan Miller Bunford
Aug 2005
MovieWorld Theatre Theatre Royal - m.v. Oriana (P&O)
CMC / P&O Cruises
Lighting Designer Director: David Morgan
Set designer: Alan Miller Bunford
Aug 2005
Don't Dress for Dinner Theatre Theatre Royal - m.v. Oriana (P&O)
Chris Moreno / P&O Cruises
Lighting Designer Director: Frazer Hines
Set designer: Alan Miller Bunford
Mar 2005
Theatre:
  • Commercial Tour
  • Regional (Main House)
Musical:
  • Pantomime
Dance:
  • International
  • Medium Scale
  • Touring relights
Concert:
  • Stage Touring
  • Club
  • Festival
Corporate:
  • Conferences
  • Exhibition Stands
  • Product Launches
  • Award Ceremonies
Non-professional:
  • Dance
  • Plays
Contact method Details
Mobile phone

07974 665202

Email address

enquiries@4kandleslighting.biz