Photograph from dreamplay - lighting design by Joshua Gadsby
dreamplay at The Vaults | Photographer: Cesare De Giglio | From the show dreamplay
Photograph from Still Ill - lighting design by Joshua Gadsby
The Company | Photographer: David Monteith-Hodge // Photographise | From the show Still Ill
Photograph from Dinomania - lighting design by Joshua Gadsby
Photographer: The Other Richard | From the show Dinomania
Photograph from Dinomania - lighting design by Joshua Gadsby
Photographer: The Other Richard | From the show Dinomania
Photograph from A Kettle of Fish - lighting design by Joshua Gadsby
Wendy Kweh | Photographer: Helen Murray | From the show A Kettle of Fish
Joshua Gadsby's picture

Joshua Gadsby

I like to work collaboratively to create work in which process is highly considered, with roots in both text and movement. My specific interests lie in designing for performance heavily rooted in physicality, in which light can have more freedom to tell a parallel story. I enjoy applying these ideas across all forms of performance as, for me at least, the process of theatre making presents the opportunity to find truth in storytelling. I am particularly drawn to creating visual images that add layers to the work through directness and clarity.

In 2016/17 I was the Nuffield Southampton Theatres' Lab associate for lighting.

In 2017 I was shortlisted for a 'STAGE Debut Award' for design. 

Forthcoming productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative team Opens
The Slightly Annoying Elephant Theatre HOME Manchester
Little Angel Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Samantha Lane
Set designer: Ingrid Hu
05 Dec 2019
No Place Like Home Theatre Camden People's Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Cam Carver
Set designer: Lizzy Leech
26 Nov 2019
In A Word Theatre Young Vic (Clare Studio) Lighting Designer Director: Dadiow Lin
Set designer: Naomi Kuyck-Cohen
23 Oct 2019
Half Life Theatre Albany - Deptford
Tangled Feet
Lighting Designer Director: Kat Joyce & Nathan Curry
Set designer: Becky Dee Trevenen
03 Oct 2019

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out Theatre The Den
The Royal Exchange in association with Kandinsky
Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Joshua Gadsby and Naomi Kuyck-Cohen
Director: James Yeatman
Set designer: Naomi Kuyck-Cohen and Joshua Gadsby
Aug 2019
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out Theatre Royal Exchange Manchester
in association with Kandinsky
Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Joshua Gadsby and Naomi Kuyck-Cohen
Director: James Yeatman
Set designer: Joshua Gadsby and Naomi Kuyck-Cohen
Jul 2019
How to Keep Time: A Drum Solo for Dementia Theatre Rich Mix, then touring
Penned in the Margins
Lighting Designer Director: Yael Shavit
May 2019
The Slightly Annoying Elephant Theatre Little Angel Theatre
Little Angel Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Samantha Lane
Set designer: Ingrid Hu
May 2019
Fleischhacker / Meat-hacker (Research and Development) Theatre Guest Projects Lighting Designer Director: Phoebe von Held
Set designer: Sophie Jump
May 2019
Cymbeline Theatre Courtyard Theatre
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Joshua Gadsby with Sam Thomas
Director: Ben Naylor and Anna Healy
Set designer: Lizzy Leech
Apr 2019
Trap Street Theatre Schaubuhne
Kandinsky for FIND 2019
Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Joshua Gadsby and Naomi Kuyck-Cohen
Director: James Yeatman
Set designer: Naomi Kuyck-Cohen and Joshua Gadsby
Apr 2019
Dinomania Theatre New Diorama Theatre
Kandinsky
Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Joshua Gadsby and Naomi Kuyck-Cohen
Director: James Yeatman
Set designer: Joshua Gadsby and Naomi Kuyck-Cohen
Feb 2019
Messiah Part 1 Concert Porchester Hall
The Little Orchestra
Lighting Designer Director: Nicholas Little
Set designer: Luke W Robson
Dec 2018
A Kettle of Fish Theatre The Yard Lighting Designer Director: Caitlin McLeod
Set designer: Ingrid Hu
Sep 2018
The Laramie Project Theatre The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre
ArtsEd
Lighting Designer Director: Holly Race Roughan
Set designer: Georgia De Grey
Jul 2018
1972 The Future of Sex Theatre The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre
ArtsEd
Lighting Designer Director: Liz Bacon
Set designer: Georgia De Grey
Jul 2018
The Leftovers Theatre The Unity, The Lowry, Northern Stage & Coventry Belgrade
Sheep Soup Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Adam Lenson
Set designer: Lizzy Leech
May 2018, May 2018, May 2018
Son of Rambow (Workshop) Theatre The Other Palace
Nuffield Southampton Theatres
Lighting Designer Director: Samuel Hodges
Set designer: Jasmine Swan
May 2018
The Leftovers Theatre The Unity, The Lowry, Northern Stage & Coventry Belgrade
Sheep Soup Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Adam Lenson
Set designer: Lizzy Leech
May 2018, May 2018, May 2018
The Leftovers Theatre The Unity, The Lowry, Northern Stage & Coventry Belgrade
Sheep Soup Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Adam Lenson
Set designer: Lizzy Leech
May 2018, May 2018, May 2018
The Three Sisters Theatre Embassy Theatre
Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
Lighting Designer Director: Mike Alfreds
Set designer: Max Dorey
Apr 2018
Trap Street Theatre New Diorama
Kandinsky
Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Joshua Gadsby and Naomi Kuyck-Cohen
Director: James Yeatman
Set designer: Joshua Gadsby and Naomi Kuyck-Cohen
Mar 2018
Returning to Haifa Theatre Finborough Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Caitlin McLeod
Set designer: Rosie Elnile
Feb 2018
The Sound & the Fury Theatre Pleasance Theatre
Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
Lighting Designer Director: Sasha Milavic Davies
Feb 2018
Still Ill Theatre New Diorama Theatre
Kandinsky
Lighting Designer Director: James Yeatman
Nov 2016, Jan 2018
The Leftovers Theatre Curve Theatre Leicester, then touring
Sheep Soup Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Siobhan Cannon-Brownlie
Set designer: Lizzy Leech
Oct 2017
Rendezvous in Bratislava (R & D) Theatre Battersea Arts Centre
Miriam Sherwood
Lighting Designer Director: Miriam Sherwood
Set designer: Becky Dee Trevenen
Oct 2017
I Won't Make It On My Own Theatre Nuffield Southampton Theatres
Nuffield Southampton Theatres Laboratory
Lighting Designer Director: Chloe Mashiter
Set designer: Samuel Wilde
Oct 2017
A Dangerous Woman Theatre Birmingham Rep, then touring
Manjeet Mann
Lighting Designer Director: Yael Shavit
Sep 2017
Lists for the end of the world Theatre Summerhall, Edinburgh, then touring
Fanshen
Lighting Designer Director: Dan Barnard & Rachel Briscoe
Aug 2017
The Devils Theatre Embassy Theatre
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Lighting Designer Director: Ben Naylor and Anna Healy
Set designer: Max Naylor
Jul 2017
Alligators Theatre Hampstead Theatre Downstairs
Hampstead Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Simon Evans
Set designer: Polly Sullivan
Jun 2016, Jun 2017
vs. Theatre The Yard Theatre
Ponyboy Curtis
Lighting Designer Director: Chris Goode
Jun 2017
HARD C*CK Dance Camden People's Theatre
ROBERT HESP for HOTBED, Festival of Sex
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Robert Hesp
Set designer: Rosie Elnile
May 2017
A Midsummer Night's Dream Theatre Webber Douglas Studio
Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
Lighting Designer Director: Stephen Hudson
Set designer: Andreas Skourtis
Apr 2017
The Grapes of Wrath Theatre Nuffield Southampton, then touring
Nuffield Southampton Theatres
Assistant Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Nigel J Edwards
Director: Abbey Wright
Set designer: Laura Hopkins
Mar 2017
As We Like It Dance The Place
Orley Quick And The Hairy Heroines
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Orley Quick
Jan 2017
Consensual Theatre Nuffield Theatre
Nuffield Youth Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Max Lindsay
Set designer: Samuel Wilde
Jan 2017
Majesty Dance Battersea Arts Centre, then touring Lighting Designer Choreographer: Helena Webb
Set designer: Naomi Kuyck-Cohen
Dec 2016
Still Ill Theatre New Diorama Theatre
Kandinsky
Lighting Designer Director: James Yeatman
Nov 2016, Jan 2018
HARD C*CK Dance SPILL Festival, Ipswich, then touring
Robert Hesp
Lighting Designer Set designer: Rosie Elnile Oct 2016
Airswimming Theatre The Vaults
NewPlay Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Anthony Skuse
Set designer: Becky Dee Trevenen
Oct 2016
R and D Theatre Hampstead Theatre Downstairs
Hampstead Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Nadia Fall
Set designer: Ben Stones
Sep 2016
dreamplay Theatre The Vaults
BAZ Productions
Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Joshua Gadsby and Naomi Kuyck-Cohen
Director: Sarah Bedi
Set designer: Joshua Gadsby and Naomi Kuyck-Cohen
Sep 2016
O Dance British Dance Edition/ Southbank Centre, then touring
Project O
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Alexandrina Hemsley and Jamila Johnson-Small
Mar 2016, Sep 2016
Mary Stuart Theatre Embassy Theatre
Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
Lighting Designer Director: Ben Naylor
Set designer: Max Dorey
Jul 2016
Measure Of A Fidget Dance Lillian Baylis Studio
Big Dance
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Joel O’Donoghue
Jul 2016
Alligators Theatre Hampstead Theatre Downstairs
Hampstead Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Simon Evans
Set designer: Polly Sullivan
Jun 2016, Jun 2017
Sideways Theatre St James Theatre, London Production Electrician Lighting designer: Mark Howland
Director: David Grindley
Set designer: Laura Hopkins
May 2016
Kenny Morgan Theatre Arcola Theatre Production Electrician Lighting designer: Jack Knowles
Director: Lucy Bailey
Set designer: Robert Innes Hopkins
May 2016
RISE: Macro vs. Micro - Pop-Ups Theatre Old Vic Workrooms
Old Vic New Voices
Lighting Designer Director: Rachel Briscoe & Joesph Hancock
Set designer: Naomi Kuyck-Cohen
Apr 2016
Russian Dolls Theatre King's Head Lighting Designer Director: Hamish Macdougall
Set designer: Becky Dee Trevenen
Apr 2016
O Dance British Dance Edition/ Southbank Centre, then touring
Project O
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Alexandrina Hemsley and Jamila Johnson-Small
Mar 2016, Sep 2016
Firebird Theatre Trafalgar 2
Hampstead Theatre
Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Tom Nickson
Director: Edward Hall
Set designer: Polly Sullivan
Feb 2016
The Meeting Theatre Hampstead Theatre Downstairs
Hampstead Theatre
Lighting Programmer Lighting designer: Neill Brinkworth
Director: Dennis Lawson
Set designer: Alex Marker
Jan 2016
In Good Company Dance The Place
Joel and Pete With Inky Cloak
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Joel O’Donoghue
Jan 2016
Pine Theatre Hampstead Theatre Downstairs
Hampstead Theatre
Lighting Programmer Lighting designer: Johanna Town
Director: Lisa Spirling
Set designer: Polly Sullivan
Dec 2015
The Island Theatre Freedom Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Garry English
Set designer: Garry English
Nov 2015, Dec 2015
The Island Theatre Freedom Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Garry English
Set designer: Garry English
Nov 2015, Dec 2015
Firebird Theatre Hampstead Theatre Downstairs
Hampstead Theatre
Lighting Programmer Lighting designer: Tom Nickson
Director: Edward Hall
Set designer: Polly Sullivan
Sep 2015
I Call My Brothers Theatre Arcola Theatre
VOLTA
Lighting Designer Director: Yael Shavit
Set designer: James Perkins
Sep 2015
Caught Theatre Arcola Theatre
VOLTA
Lighting Designer Director: Cressida Brown
Set designer: James Perkins
Sep 2015
Miss Sarah Theatre Zoo Venues - Monkey House
Cicada Studios
Lighting Designer Director: Angus Wilkinson
Set designer: Becky Dee Trevenen
Aug 2015
Crave Theatre Theatre Studio DISK
Prague Quadrennial (SpaceLab Zlomvaz Festival)
Lighting Designer Director: Maike Koch
Set designer: Maike Koch
Jul 2015
Ponyboy Cutis - At The Yard Theatre The Yard Theatre
Ponyboy Curtis for NOW '15
Lighting Designer Director: Chris Goode
May 2015
Dragging Words Dance The Place
Joel and Pete
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Joel O’Donoghue
Feb 2015
Wunderkammer - Normal Things (Installation) Concert De Vasim, Netherlands Lighting Designer Set designer: María Arnardóttir Jan 2015
One For The Family Album Theatre Arcola Theatre
Miniaturists49
Lighting Designer Director: Rob Watt
Nov 2014
Collapse (R&D) Dance Barbican Pit
New Movement Collective
Lighting Designer Set designer: SCANLAB Oct 2014
Nothing To See Here Theatre Arcola Tent
KimBo
Lighting Designer Director: Gavin Dent
Aug 2014
Loaded Dance Jacksons Lane
RCSSD and OUT OF INC
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Vicki Manderson
Set designer: Rosie Elnile
Mar 2014

Trap Street

Designers Joshua Gadsby and Naomi Kuyck-Cohen provide a plain white angular space for the modernist home that Andrea ultimately chooses to fight for, placed in front of an ironic backcloth showing a palatial mansion in rolling hills. Does it just pick up on the reference to the Pemberley House of Austen’s Pride And Prejudice or is it saying that good housing has always been the preserve of those that can afford it. It makes for a smart and witty backdrop to a wonderfully subtle, un-preachy but inherently political play that ultimately tells us we have the housing crisis we have brought down on our own heads. And it’s time we did something about it.
Sandra Giorgetti, British Theatre Guide
So intricate and subtle, not to mention enjoyable, that it takes a while before you realise your blood pressure has been rising because the housing system is so utterly fucked. The huge amount of research that has clearly gone into the show is made human, as it looks at the (im)possibility of sustaining a sense of community in close-quarters living
Tim Bano, Time Out (London)
That’s where Trap Street is most successful and most moving. Dreams mothers have for their children, visions of modernity, hopes for upward mobility and aspirations for community are all explored. It examines not just the act of dreaming, but the difficulty in reconciling our dreams with reality, including their shortcomings and enduring effects. Regardless of whether they are true or realized, dreams are like trap streets, etched into existence. Right up to its Jane Austen allusions, there in the background all along, Trap Street effectively maps the process of British dreaming, and how that process is permanently written into the landscape itself.
Brendan Macdonald, Exeunt Magazine

Still Ill

Fascinating, Intelligent, Layered
Furgus Morgan, The Stage 05/11/2016
Fascinating, Intelligent, Layered
Furgus Morgan, The Stage 05/11/2016

dreamplay

This reimagining feels like a presentation of the original fever dream as might have been experienced by Strindberg himself. Here the audience becomes Agnes as they descend into the depths of The Vaults.
Mark Sempill, The Upcoming
dreamplay’s sequence of disjointed scenarios is abstruse yet provocatively familiar, at times mischievously amusing, at others deeply discomforting.
Dave Hollander, The Stage
Theatre:
  • Small Scale Touring
  • Fringe / Pub Theatre
Dance:
  • Small Scale
Education:
  • Workshops
  • Training
Contact method Details
Website

http://www.joshgadsby.com

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