Photograph from Cabaret - lighting design by James McFetridge
Cabaret | Photographer: Neil Harrison | From the show Cabaret
Photograph from Doctor Scroggy's War - lighting design by James McFetridge
Dr Scroggy's War | Photographer: Neil Harrison | From the show Doctor Scroggy's War
Photograph from Under The Hawthorn Three - lighting design by James McFetridge
Under The Hawthorn Tree - Cahoots 2018 | From the show Under The Hawthorn Three
Photograph from The Sword and the Sand - lighting design by James McFetridge
The Sword and the Sand - Raw Life Theatre Company | From the show The Sword and the Sand
Photograph from Sleeping Beauty - lighting design by James McFetridge
GBL Productions - Sleeping Beauty - Waterfront Hall | From the show Sleeping Beauty

James C McFetridge

James C Mc Fetridge has been working as a lighting designer for the past twenty years. His earliest designs were in the Lyric Theatre Belfast, and included Stones in his Pockets, which James re-lit in the West End (originally in the New Ambassadors, followed by a three year run in the Duke of York), and then on Broadway (John Golden Theatre, New York). His design was also used in various Irish, UK, US and World tours.

He has had one other West End show (Alone it Stands, Duchess Theatre), and has lit shows in other London venues, including several shows in the Tricycle Theatre and a week-long residency in the Millennium Dome. He has lit shows in Canada, Australia and New York, and his designs have toured all across the UK and Ireland.

James has lit all types of shows – theatre, musicals, opera and dance – and in all sizes of venues, from concert halls to studio theatres, opera houses to bespoke installations. He has lit shows in practically every theatre in Northern Ireland, and has worked with the majority of local companies, though is always willing to consider lighting designs further afield..

James holds a BA Hons in Theatre Studies and an MA in Contemporary Theatre Practice.

Forthcoming productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative team Opens
Philadelphia Here I Come Theatre Craic Theatre, Coalisland
Craic Theatre
Lighting Designer 04 Apr 2019
Dark of the Moon Theatre Lyric Theatre Belfast
Lyric Theatre Creative Learning
Lighting Designer Director: Philip Crawford
26 Mar 2019
The Beauty Queen of Leenane Theatre Bardic Theatre
Bardic Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Sean Faloon
Set designer: Stuart Marshall
01 Mar 2019
I Shall Wear Purple Theatre Baby Grand, Belfast
C21 Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Stephen Kelly
25 Feb 2019
Chicago The Musical Musical Bardic Theatre
Bardic Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Claire Quinn
Set designer: Stuart Marshall
01 Feb 2019
Aladdin - Panto Theatre Craic Theatre, Coalisland
Craic Theatre
Lighting Designer 09 Jan 2019

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
Beauty and the Beast - Panto Theatre Belfast Waterfront Hall Studio
GBL Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Lisa May
Nov 2018
The Elves and the Shoe Maker Theatre The Mac Belfast
Cahoots NI
Lighting Designer Director: Paul McEneaney
Set designer: Diana Ennis
Nov 2018
Sleepy Hollow Theatre Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey
Cre:8 Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Sarah Lyle
Nov 2018
Rat in the Skull Theatre St George's Hall, Liverpool
Bardic Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Sean Faloon
Set designer: Stuart Marshall
Oct 2018
The Kings of the Kilburn High Road Theatre Square Box, Dungannon
Castle Hill Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Oct 2018
Under The Hawthorn Three Theatre The Mac, Belfast
Cahoots NI
Lighting Designer Director: Paul McEneaney
Set designer: Sabine D'Argent
Sep 2018
Three's A Shroud Theatre Belfast Waterfront Hall Studio, then touring
GBL Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Martin Lynch
Set designer: Chris Hunter
Sep 2018
Tom Theatre Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey
Theatre at the Mill
Lighting Designer Director: Philip Johnson
Sep 2018
The History of the Peace... According to My Ma Theatre Grand Opera House, Belfast
GBL Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Dan Gordon
Set designer: David Craig
Aug 2018
Jesus Christ Superstar Musical Carlisle Memorial Church
Belfast School of Performing Arts
Lighting Designer Director: Peter Corry
Aug 2018
The Sword and the Sand Theatre Lyric Theatre Belfast
Raw Life Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Martin McSharry
Set designer: Sinéad O'Donnell-Carey
May 2018
The Colleen Bawn Theatre Lyric Theatre Belfast
Bruiser Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Lisa May
Apr 2018
Doctor Scroggy's War Theatre Lyric Theatre Belfast
Lyric Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Philip Crawford
Set designer: Stuart Marshal
Mar 2018
Rat in the Skull Theatre Bardic Theatre, then touring
Bardic Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Sean Faloon
Set designer: Stuart Marshal
Mar 2018
May The Road Rise Up Theatre Lyric Theatre Belfast, then touring
C21 Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Stephen Kelly
Set designer: Sinéad O'Donnell-Carey
Feb 2018
Jesus Christ Superstar Musical Bardic Theatre
Bardic Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Stephanie Faloon
Set designer: Stuart Marshal
Jan 2018
Cinderfella Theatre Craic Theatre, Coalisland
Craic Theatre
Lighting Designer Jan 2018
Sleeping Beauty Theatre Belfast Waterfront Hall
GBL Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Lisa May
Dec 2017
Sleeping Beauty Theatre Marketplace Theatre, Armagh
GBL Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Lisa May
Dec 2017
The Memory of Water Theatre Square Box, Dungannon
Castle Hill Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Oct 2017
Three's A Shroud Theatre Belfast Waterfront Hall
GBL Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Martin Lynch
Oct 2017
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Theatre The Mac, Belfast, then touring
Bruiser Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Lisa May
Set designer: Stuart Marshal
Sep 2017
Singing in the Rain Musical The Mac, Belfast
Belfast School of Performing Arts
Lighting Designer Director: Peter Corry
Aug 2017
Here We Lie Theatre Lyric Theatre Belfast
Raw Life Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Patrick J. O'Reilly
Jun 2017
Crazy Theatre Grand Opera House, Belfast
GBL Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Martin Lynch
Set designer: Niall Rea
May 2017
Madame Geneva Theatre Lyric Theatre Belfast
Macha Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Cara Kelly
Set designer: David Craig
May 2017
The Heresy Of Love Theatre Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Lyric Theatre Drama Studio
Lighting Designer Set designer: Stuart Marshall Apr 2017
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Theatre Stranmills Theatre, Belfast
Youth Lyric
Lighting Designer Director: Sheelagh O'Kane
Mar 2017
The Lonesome West Theatre Bardic Theatre, then touring
Bardic Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Sean Faloon
Set designer: Stuart Marshall
Feb 2017
Annie Jr Musical Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey
Theatre at the Mill
Lighting Designer Director: Sarah Lyle
Feb 2017
All Shook Up Musical Bardic Theatre
Premier Theatrical Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Stephanie Faloon
Set designer: Stuart Marshal
Feb 2017
Beauty and the Beast - Panto Theatre Craic Theatre
Craic Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Laragh Cullen
Jan 2017
Cinderella Theatre Marketplace Theatre, Armagh
GBL Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Lisa May
Set designer: Niall Rea
Dec 2016
Aladdin Theatre Waterfront Hall, Belfast
GBL Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Lisa May
Set designer: Stuart Marshall
Nov 2016
1932 Theatre The Mac, Belfast
Green Shoot Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Martin Lynch
Set designer: Niall Rea
Nov 2016
The Cripple of Inishmaan Theatre Theatre Mosta, Perm, Russia
Premier Theatrical Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Sean Faloon
Set designer: Stuart Marshall
Oct 2016
Guys and Dolls Musical Craic Theatre, Coalisland
Craic Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Josh Cuddy
Oct 2016
Two Sore Legs Theatre Grand Opera House, Belfast, then touring
Green Shoot Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Martin Lynch
Set designer: Niall Rea
Oct 2016
Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell Theatre Square Box, Dungannon
Castle Hill Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Joe Morgan
Sep 2016
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) Theatre The Mac, Belfast, then touring
Bruiser Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Lisa May
Set designer: Stuart Marshall
Sep 2016
Cats Musical SSE Arena, Belfast
Perform Boot Camop
Lighting Designer Director: Peter Corry
Aug 2016
Tom Theatre Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey
Theatre at the Mill
Lighting Designer Director: Philip Johnson
Jul 2016
As The Tide Ebbs Theatre Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Rawlife
Lighting Designer Director: Martin McSharry
Set designer: Niall Rea
May 2016
The Patriot Game Theatre Lyric Theatre Belfast
Lyric Theatre Drama Studio
Lighting Designer Director: Philip Crawford
Set designer: Stuart Marshall
Apr 2016
The History of the Peace... According to My Ma Theatre Grand Opera House, Belfast, then touring
GBL Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Dan Gordon
Set designer: David Craig
Apr 2016
The 39 Steps Theatre The Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Bruiser Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Lisa May
Set designer: Stuart Marshal
Mar 2016
The Crucible Theatre Stranmillis Theatre, Belfast
Youth Lyric
Lighting Designer Director: Sheelagh O'Kane
Mar 2016
The Cripple of Inishmaan Theatre Bardic Theatre, then touring
Premier Theatrical Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Sean Faloon
Set designer: Stuart Marshall
Feb 2016
Rock of Ages Musical Bardic Theatre
Premier Theatrical Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Stephanie Faloon
Set designer: Stuart Marshall
Jan 2016
Playhouse Creatures Theatre The Mac, Belfast, then touring
Brusier Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Lisa May
Set designer: Stuart Marshall
Sep 2015
Gulliver's Travels Theatre Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Youth Music Theatre:UK
Lighting Designer Director: Des Kennedy
Set designer: Alyson Cummins
Jul 2015
Can't Forget About You Theatre Tron Theatre, Glasgow
Lyric Players Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Conleth Hill
Set designer: Stuart Marshall
Jul 2015
Crazy Theatre The Mac, Belfast
GBL Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Martin Lynch
Set designer: Niall Rea
May 2015
Lanciatore Theatre Belfast Community Circus School
Raw Life Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Patrick J. O'Reilly & Martin McSharry
Set designer: Niall Rea
May 2015
Eternal Love Theatre Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Lyric Theatre Creative Learning
Lighting Designer Director: Philip Crawford
Set designer: Stuart Marshall
Mar 2015
Stitched Up Theatre The Lyric Theatre, Belfast, then touring
C21 Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Stephen Kelly
Set designer: Gillian Argo
Feb 2015
Cabaret Theatre The Mac, Belfast
Brusier Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Lisa May
Set designer: Stuart Marshall
Sep 2014
Alone It Stands Theatre Duchess Theatre, West End Lighting Designer Director: John Breen
Set designer: Jack Kirwan
Jan 2002
Stones In His Pockets Theatre John Golden Theatre, Broadway Lighting Designer Director: Ian McElhinny
Set designer: Jack Kirwan
Mar 2001
Stones In His Pockets Theatre Duke of York Theatre, West End Lighting Designer Director: Ian McElhinny
Set designer: Jack Kirwan
Aug 2000
Stones In His Pockets Theatre Ambassadors Theatre, West End Lighting Designer Director: Ian McElhinny
Set designer: Jack Kirwan
May 2000
Theatre:
  • Commercial Tour
  • Fringe / Pub Theatre
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Regional (Studio)
  • Touring relights
  • West End
Musical:
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Regional (Studio)
  • Touring relights
Opera:
  • Small scale
  • Touring relights
Dance:
  • Large Scale
  • Medium Scale
  • Touring relights
Concert:
  • Stage Touring
Corporate:
  • Conferences
  • Fashion Shows
Architectural:
  • Open Air Events
Non-professional:
  • Dance
  • Musicals
  • Plays
Contact method Details
Email address james.mcfetridge@ntlworld.com
Mobile phone 07761 956877