Photograph from Benefactors - lighting design by Chris May
Photographer: Mike Trout | From the show Benefactors
Photograph from Not a Game For Boys - lighting design by Chris May
Photographer: Mike Trout | From the show Not a Game For Boys
Photograph from Oliver - lighting design by Chris May
From the show Oliver
Photograph from Cockamamy - lighting design by Chris May
From the show Cockamamy
Photograph from Benefactors - lighting design by Chris May
Photographer: Mike Trout | From the show Benefactors
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Chris J May

1+1 = 3, where the whole is greater then the sum of its parts.

Over 20 years experience of technical theatre working in Lighting, learning from the ground up and collecting skills from Lighting Designers from around the world and now bringing you all that experience in the form of my own Lighting Designs with a heavy emphasis on the importance of new writing and art, bringing the visions of our creative minds to the reality of the stage.

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
Monogamy Theatre PQA 2
The Inevitable Theatre Comany
Lighting Designer Director: Philip Wolff
Aug 2019
Someone who'll watch over me Theatre Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford
Lee Mead Productions and Chelmsford City Theatres
Lighting Designer Director: Davis Streames
Set designer: Alicia Fowles
Jun 2019
Benefactors Theatre Gaiety Theatre Isle of man
Bejou Productions
Lighting Designer Director: David Streames
Set designer: David Streames
Apr 2019
Cockamamy Theatre The Hope Theatre, Islington
Think and hit Ltd
Lighting Designer Director: Rebecca Loudon
Set designer: Elle Loudon
Jun 2018
Not a Game For Boys Theatre Gaiety Theatre Isle of man
Bejou Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Joe Masters
Set designer: David Streames
Apr 2018
Cockamamy Theatre Summerhall Edinburgh fringe
Think and hit Ltd
Lighting Designer Director: Rebecca Loudon
Set designer: Elle Loudon
Aug 2017
Oliver Musical Queens Theatre Hornchurch
Lennox Childrens Cancer Fund
Lighting Designer Director: Richard Foster
May 2017

Monogamy

Monogamy is a flawless dance between these two; they are both ready for the battle. There is no yelling, no violence. But they aim for all the raw nerves with killer precision. "This is a beautifully written piece, subtly directed and perfectly executed under the direction of Philip Wolff by these two actors, writer Sophia Mertens and Edi Darcoso."
Catherine Lamm, British Theatre Guide 12/08/2019

Someone who'll watch over me

"One particular moment of release is accompanied by clever use of lighting (Chris May, designer) that reveals, in a single flash, how dark it has been for these men, both figuratively and literally. It is a clever symbol of the sheer force of will needed to keep alight the light of the soul."
Anita-Marguerite Butler, British Theatre Guide 12/06/2019
"Set design and construction by Alicia Fowles is beautifully enhanced by the expert lighting of Chris May which very subtly alters to show the reality and absurdity of each scenario to great effect."
Kim Tobin, Southend Theatre Scene 11/06/2019

Cockamamy

"The use of lighting and sound to portray the oppressive confusion of Alice’s spiral into dementia give a very real sense of what it might be like to suffer from the illness, and, combined with fantastic acting all round, it is easy to empathise with both grandmother and granddaughter in their parallel but very different suffering."
Billie Manning, Camden New Journal 21/06/2018
"The play is brilliantly directed by Rebecca Loudon, and special mention must also go to the lighting and sound (courtesy of Chris May and Jacob Welsh respectively), which help to reflect Alice’s rapidly declining state of mind."
Debbie, Please Mind The Blog 16/06/2018
"The lighting and sound design really come into their own over the course of the show, perfectly serving scenes depicting Alice’s confusion. A troubled mishmash and nostalgic music and sound bites, coupled with impactful lighting, is a clever way to visually depict that all is not well in Alice’s mind."
Susy Brett, The Live Review 15/06/2018
"This play is a celebration of the directing skills of Rebecca Loudon and the lighting and sound design of Chris May and Jacob Welsh, respectively, with a crudely reliable and heart-warming portrayal of the bonds and struggles between characters by Coulthard, Rutherford and Rowan Polanski as Cavan, Rosie’s lover. "
Marissa Khaos, TheUpcomming 14/06/2018
"Director Rebecca Loudon takes time to establish a sense of normality at the outset, then deconstructs it with confident, if occasionally abstract, strokes. Hallucinations, overlapping music, and Chris May’s pulsing red and green lights pound some of the subtlety out of later scenes depicting Alice’s confusion."
Dave Fargnoli, The Stage 06/08/2017
Theatre:
  • International
  • West End
  • Commercial Tour
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Regional (Studio)
  • Small Scale Touring
  • Fringe / Pub Theatre
  • Education Establishment
  • Touring relights
Musical:
  • West End
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Regional (Studio)
Opera:
  • Small scale
Dance:
  • Large Scale
  • Small Scale
Corporate:
  • Conferences
  • Exhibition Stands
  • Award Ceremonies
Non-professional:
  • Dance
  • Musicals
  • Plays
Contact method Details
Mobile phone 07919 483919
Email address thelightingwhisperer@gmail.com

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