Highlights from the Focus archive

  • "The use of lighting in the theatre as “scenery” is an important development. Theatrical lighting was originally used functionally to illuminate the surfaces and structures before which the piece was acted or danced, and of course the performers themselves."
  • "I have a theory that historically the role of lighting designer came into being when the complexity of the technology of our theatres became too complicated to be carried out by the previously successful process of directors and set designers shouting loudly at an electrician. Now at the beginning of the 21st century I think burgeoning technological developments have deeply affected our creative...