Photographer: Paul Blakemore | From the show The Bullet and The Bass Trombone
Photographer: James Corrall | From the show Bluebird
Photographer: Terry Whitaker | From the show Tipping Point Revival
Photographer: ADAM TRIGG PHOTOGRAPHY | From the show Romeo and Juliet
Photographer: Hakeem Onibudo | From the show Rumble
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Aaron J Dootson

Aaron J Dootson
Lighting Designer

Aaron graduated from Wimbledon College of Art in 2009 where he studied Lighting Design and Practice qualifying with a distinction. Aaron is freelance lighting designer specialising in theatre, based mainly in London.

Romeo & Juliet

Upstairs at the Gatehouse

One Stop Arts

'This was joined with colourfully moody lighting and brought a well-deserved thoughtful and reflective mood to the room'

By Heather Deacon

Broken News

New Wimbledon Studio

A Younger Theatre

'Helen Coyston and Aaron J Dootson’s design and lighting for Broken News work perfectly at creating atmosphere and picking out the details within Whyment’s direction'

By Jake Orr

Not About Heroes

Lion & Unicorn Theatre

The British Theatre Guide

'partly no doubt to emphasise Aaron J Dootson's often dim and always atmospheric lighting which helps take the action from a Scottish hillside to the muddy trenches'

By Howard Loxton

Remotegoat

'This is a brilliant and very moving play and is sympathetically directed by Alex Brown and susperbly lit by Aaron J Dootson'

By Aline Waites

Only

Bristol Old vic Studio

Guide To Bristol

'The lighting is sharp and effective; it adds a visual element to Peck’s warm or cold memories'

By Beth Glanvill

The Wall

New End Theatre

The British Theatre Guide

'aided by Aaron J Dootson's gently modulated lighting, helps conjure up the heat that troubles David'

Death Of A Nightingale

New End Theatre

Extra Extra

'Aaron J Dootson’s lighting was spot-on throughout, sympathetically bringing the mood up and subduing it whenever required'

By Alex Harrod

74 Georgia Avenue

Northern Outlet Theatre Company

The New Current

'Aaron J Dootson’s lighting echoed the cold, unreality of the past through the siluets of the dead. It put across its sinister lifelessness'

By Patrick Wheatley

Tape

Northern Outlet Theatre Company

Whats on stage Manchester reviewer

'a pillar in the Downstairs Theatre at the Taurus Bar is incorporated into the set of a shabby hotel room and Aaron J Dootson lights the limited space so as to indicate changes in time and place'

Dave Cunningham

Siren

Chilling Out Theatre

Fringe Report

'The set is simple – bed, chair, window, a few other bits and pieces – but it’s stylishly done, and the lighting too, with the single spot highlighting the Venetian blind gave a point of focus where too often in small theatre spaces (where sets have to be changed quickly) this is overlooked.'

The British Theatre Guide

'Designer Aaron J. Dootson has set it with elegant simplicity, a hanging louvered blind, a big pristine bed, one white table for champagne and glasses and an expensive looking chair, and he lights it attractively.'

Review by Howard Loxton

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
Wink Theatre Theatre 503
Tara Finney Productions and Theatre503
Lighting Designer Director: Jamie Jackson
Set designer: Bethany Wells
Mar 2015
The Goodbye Girl Theatre Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Szpiezak Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Adam Lenson
Set designer: Suzi lombardelli
Feb 2015
Singin' in the Rain Theatre Upstairs at the Gatehouse Lighting Designer Director: John Plews
Set designer: Sarah June Mills
Dec 2014
Long Story Short Revival Theatre Charing Cross Theatre
Squint
Lighting Designer Director: Andy Whyment
Set designer: Georgia De Grey
Sep 2014
Out of The River Theatre Chelsea Theatre
The Bridge Theatre Training Company
Lighting Designer Director: Mark Akrill
Set designer: Judith Pollard
Jul 2014
Long Story Short Theatre South Hill Park, then touring
Squint
Lighting Designer Director: Andy Whyment
Set designer: Georgia De Grey
Jun 2014
The Blonde Bombshells of 1943 Theatre Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Ovation
Lighting Designer Director: John Plews
Set designer: Phil Lindley
May 2014
Ushers Theatre Charing Cross Theatre
Kouban Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Andy Whyment
Set designer: Amy Job
May 2014
The Last 5 Years Theatre King Arms Salford
Assembled Junk
Lighting Designer Director: James Baker
Apr 2014
Spring and Port Wine Theatre The Kings Arms, Salford Lighting Designer Director: Paul Blinkhorn
Set designer: Kaylie Joy Black
Feb 2014
Avenue Q Theatre Upstairs at the Gatehouse Lighting Designer Director: John Plews
Set designer: Suzi lombardelli
May 2013
Romeo and Juliet Theatre Royal & Dengate Northampton
The University of Northampton BA (Hons) Acting
Lighting Designer Director: Ria Parry
Set designer: Helen Coyston
Mar 2013
Twelfth Night Theatre Royal & Dengate Northampton
The University of Northampton BA (Hons) Acting
Lighting Designer Director: James Farrell
Set designer: Helen Coyston
Mar 2013
Romeo and Juliet Theatre Upstairs at the Gatehouse
HIRAETH ARTISTIC PRODUCTIONS
Lighting Designer Director: Zoe Ford
Set designer: Suzi lombardelli
Feb 2013
The Bullet and The Bass Trombone Theatre Bristol Old Vic Studio, then touring
Sleepdogs & Bristol Old Vic Ferment
Lighting Designer Director: Tanuja Amarasuriya
Nov 2012
I Could've Been Better Theatre Bristol Old Vic Studio, then touring
Bristol Old Vic Ferment/Idiot Child co-production
Lighting Designer Director: Anna Harpin
Set designer: Chris Gylee
Oct 2012
TEDx Ealing Theatre Questors Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Chris Jones
Set designer: Eleonore Cremonese
Sep 2012
Acteon Theatre Darlington Theatre
Darlington Summer School
Lighting Designer Director: Matthias Janser
Set designer: Andrew Walsh
Aug 2012
A Dickens of A Life Theatre New Wimbledon Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Rebekah Fortune
Set designer: Emma Fisher
Jun 2012
Tin Theatre the lowry Studio, then touring Lighting Designer Director: Olusola Oyeleye
Set designer: Suzi lombardelli
Jun 2012
Only Us Theatre Bristol Old Vic
Ferment
Lighting Designer Director: Caroline Hunt
Jun 2012
Broken News Theatre New Wimbleodn Studio
Squint
Lighting Designer Director: Andy Whyment
Set designer: Helen Coyston
Apr 2012
Titus Andronicus Theatre Royal & Derngate Theatre
The University of Northampton BA (Hons) Acting
Lighting Designer Director: Jack Mcnamara
Set designer: Ele Slade
Mar 2012
How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found Theatre Royal & Derngate Theatre
The University of Northampton BA (Hons) Acting
Lighting Designer Director: Ria Parry
Set designer: Ele Slade
Mar 2012
Green Forms Theatre Tabard Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Paul Clayton
Set designer: Gina Rose Lee
Jan 2012
Box of Delights Theatre CBSO Centre
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Lighting Designer Director: Tim Hopkins
Set designer: Tim Hopkins
Jan 2012
The Dinner of Loss Theatre Bristol Old Vic
Gaia Theatre Collective
Lighting Designer Director: Caroline Hunt
Jan 2012
Love Thy Neighbour Theatre Cockpit Theatre
Squint
Lighting Designer Director: Andy Whyment
Set designer: Helen Coyston
Jan 2012
Not About Heroes Theatre Lion and Unicorn Theatre
Spartan Dogs
Lighting Designer Director: Alex Brown
Set designer: Helen Coyston
Nov 2011
Automatic Writing Theatre St George's Bristol, then touring
Aurora Orchestra
Lighting Designer Director: Tim Hopkins
Set designer: Tim Hopkins
Oct 2011
Country Life Revivel Theatre Old Red Lion
Player Playwrights
Lighting Designer Director: Paul Blinkhorn
Set designer: Rachael Vaughan
Oct 2011
Country Life Theatre RADA GBS
Chilling Out Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Paul Blinkhorn
Aug 2011
Dido and Aeneas Theatre Darlington Summer School Lighting Designer Director: Tim Hopkins
Aug 2011
Bluebird Revival Theatre South Hill Park, then touring
Squint
Lighting Designer Director: Andy Whyment
Set designer: Helen Coyston
Jul 2011
Only Theatre Bristol Old Vic Studio
Bristol Ferment
Lighting Designer Director: Caroline Hunt
Jun 2011
A Big Day for the Goldbergs Theatre New End Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Olivia Rowe
Set designer: Katie Blumenblatt
Jun 2011
The Wall Theatre New End Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Olivia Rowe
Set designer: Katie Blumenblatt
Apr 2011
After The Accident Theatre The North Wall Oxford, then touring
REM Projects
Lighting Designer Director: Caroline Hunt
Set designer: Katie Skyes
Mar 2011
74 Georgia Avenue Theatre New End Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Paul Blinkhorn
Set designer: Rachael Vaughan
Mar 2011
Death of a Nightingale Theatre New End Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Thomas Scott
Set designer: Rachael Vaughan
Mar 2011
Tipping Point Revival Theatre Hamilton House
Gaia Theatre Collective
Lighting Designer Director: Lucy Jameson
Set designer: Rhiannon Newman Brown
Dec 2010
Bluebird Theatre Cockpit Theatre
Squint
Lighting Designer Director: Andy Whyment
Set designer: Helen Coyston
Nov 2010
This Is How It Goes Theatre King's Head Theatre
Rooster
Lighting Designer Director: Seb Billings
Set designer: Rhiannon Newman-Brown
Sep 2010
Siren Theatre Etcetera Theatre
Chilling Out Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Paul Blinkhorn.
Set designer: Aaron J Dootson
Aug 2010
Radical Dance Sadlers Wells Theatre Lighting Designer May 2010
Tipping Point Theatre New Wimbeldon Studio
Gaia Theatre Collective
Lighting Designer Director: Lucy Jameson
Set designer: Rhiannon Newman Brown
Apr 2010
Two's A Company Dance Impact Dance Lighting Designer Choreographer: Hakeem Onibudo
Mar 2010
Extracts Dance Sadlers Wells Theatre
Impact Youth
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Hakeem Onibudo & Duwane Taylor
May 2009
Smash Dance Sadlers Wells Theatre
Impact Dance
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Hakeem Onibudo
May 2009
Two's A Company Dance Stratford Circus
Impact Dance Company
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Hakeem Onibudo
Feb 2009
Leo You Nutter Theatre Wimbledon College of Art Lighting Designer Director: David Gale
Set designer: Elizabeth Holly Hurt & Celine Chhea
Feb 2009
Silent Partners Theatre Bolton Little Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Michael Shipley
Feb 2009
Tape Theatre Library Theatre Manchester
Northern Outlet
Lighting Designer Director: Paul Walker
Jan 2009
Rumble Dance Peacock Theatre
Impact Dance Company
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Hakeem Onibudo
Jan 2009
Tape Theatre Buxton Theatre Fringe, then touring
Northern Outlet Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Paul Walker
Jul 2008
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Theatre Bolton Little Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Barry Hall
Set designer: Barry Hall
May 2008
The Killing of Sister George Theatre Bolton Little Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Alan Macpherson
Sep 2007
School for Scandal Theatre Bolton Little Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Michael Shipley
Jun 2007
Darling Buds of May Theatre Bolton Little Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Harold Smith
May 2007
Kindertransport Theatre Bolton Little Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Audrey & Jim Lias
Mar 2007
Dick Whittington and His Cat Theatre The Gracie Fields Theatre
Meredith Productions Ltd
Lighting Designer Director: Colin Meredith
Dec 2006
The Ousiders Theatre Bolton Little Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Paul Walker
Dec 2006
Deadly Nightcap Theatre Bolton Little Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Glenn Robinson
Nov 2006
Little Shop of Horrors Theatre Bolton Little Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Barry Hall
Set designer: Barry Hall
Oct 2006
Sir Ian Mckellen 'A Knight Out On Gas Street' Theatre Bolton Little Theatre Lighting Designer Sep 2006
Chess Theatre Gracie Fields Theatre
Rochdale Amateur Operatic Society
Lighting Designer Director: Peter Wakefield
May 2006
Death and The Maiden Theatre Bolton Little Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Barry Hall
Set designer: Barry Hall
Jan 2006
Contact method Details
Mobile phone

07849 128526

Email address

aaron15d@aol.com

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