Photograph from Jesus Christ Superstar - lighting design by Max Blackman
Siobhan McConnon & Ensemble | From the show Jesus Christ Superstar
Photograph from Robinson Crusoe - lighting design by Max Blackman
Matt Jolly, Andrew Pollard, Tom Guest & Ensemble | Photographer: Robert Day | From the show Robinson Crusoe
Photograph from Easy Virtue - lighting design by Max Blackman
Imogen Sage | From the show Easy Virtue
Photograph from Around The World In 80 Days - lighting design by Max Blackman
Andrew Pollard, Joey Parsad, Pushpinder Chani, Kirsten Foster, Dennis Herdman, Matthew Ganley & Mike Hugo | From the show Around The World In 80 Days
Photograph from The American Wife - lighting design by Max Blackman
Emilio Doorgasingh & Julie Eringer | From the show The American Wife
Max Blackman's picture

Max Blackman

Max trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating in 2014.

Max has recently been touring the UK as the Associate Lighting Designer for 'Art' (2019 Tour) and as the UK Tour Manager for Jinkx Monsoon.

Lighting design credits include: 'Robinson Crusoe' (Greenwich Theatre); 'The American Wife' (Park Theatre); 'Ticking' (Trafalgar Studios); 'Dark Tourism' (Park Theatre); 'Happy Birthday Without You' (Tricycle Theatre); 'Jesus Christ Superstar' (Bridewell Theatre); and 'Ghost The Musical' (Bridewell Theatre).

Associate/Assistant lighting design credits include: 'Around The World In 80 Days' (2017/2018 Tour); 'Art' (2018 Tour); and 'The Vertical Hour' (Park Theatre)

Max has additional experience in stage management, magic consultancy, production management, producing and is also a professional member of the Association of Lighting Designers.

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
Around The World In 80 Days Theatre New Victory, New York, then touring
Kenny Wax Family Entertainment
Assistant Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Alexandra Stafford
Director: Theresa Heskins
Set designer: Lis Evans
May 2019
ART Theatre Chichester Festival Theatre, then touring
David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers
Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Hugh Vanstone
Director: Matthew Warchus/Ellie Jones
Set designer: Mark Thompson
Jan 2019
Robinson Crusoe Theatre Greenwich Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Andrew Pollard
Set designer: Cleo Pettitt
Nov 2018
Festifeel Corporate & Industrial The House of Vans Lighting Designer Set designer: Angelo Constantinou Oct 2018
The Divine Ms Jayde Musical Pleasance 2
Johnson, Mackay, Soho Theatre & United Agents
Lighting Designer Director: Matt Peover
Aug 2018
ART Theatre Cambridge Arts Theatre, then touring
David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers
Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Hugh Vanstone
Director: Matthew Warchus/Ellie Jones
Set designer: Mark Thompson
Feb 2018
Around The World In 80 Days Theatre New Vic Stoke, then touring
Kenny Wax Family Entertainment
Assistant Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Alexandra Stafford
Director: Theresa Heskins
Set designer: Lis Evans
Jun 2017
Jayde 31 Theatre Soho Theatre
United Agents
Lighting Designer Nov 2016
The American Wife Theatre Park Theatre
Oliver Taheri Productions
Lighting Designer Director: James Kemp
Set designer: Zahra Mansouri
Sep 2016
The Neighbourhood Project Theatre BBC Television Centre
Bush Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Samuel Wood
May 2016
Evita Musical Bridewell Theatre
Centre Stage London
Lighting Designer Director: Matthew Prince
May 2016
Rent Musical Bridewell Theatre
Centre Stage London
Lighting Designer Director: Matt Hudson
Nov 2015
Ticking Theatre Trafalgar Studios 2
Melissa Wilkins
Lighting Designer Director: Paul Andrew Williams
Set designer: Jean Chan
Oct 2015
Dark Tourism Theatre Park Theatre
Essee Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Adam Lenson
Set designer: William Fricker
Oct 2015
Ghost The Musical Musical Bridewell Theatre
Centre Stage London
Lighting Designer Director: Matthew Prince
Set designer: Beth Morris
Jun 2015
'Dear Life' Music Video Television Lighting Designer Director: Josh Partridge
Jun 2015
Happy Birthday Without You Theatre Tricycle Theatre
PaperMash Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Ruby Thompson
Set designer: Freya Costelloe
Jan 2015
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Musical Bridewell Theatre
Centre Stage London
Lighting Designer Director: David Villiers
Nov 2014
Jesus Christ Superstar Musical Bridewell Theatre
Centre Stage London
Lighting Designer Director: Matthew Prince
Set designer: Beth Morris
Jun 2014
Easy Virtue Theatre Embassy Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Auriol Smith
Set designer: Alexander McPherson
Nov 2013
The Vertical Hour Theatre Park Theatre
Oliver Taheri Productions
Assistant Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Julian McCready
Director: Nigel Douglas
Set designer: Charlie Damigos
Sep 2013
On The Permanence Of Fugitive Colours Theatre Tristan Bates Theatre
Robert F Bradish
Lighting Designer Director: Davey Kelleher
Aug 2013

Robinson Crusoe

The staging is aided by exceptional lighting design by Max Blackman, making me think they can’t have left an inch of bare pole in the rig.
Pete Shaw, Broadway Baby 01/12/2018

The American Wife

Max Blackman’s lighting suitably complements the blocking, drawing attention to pockets of action whilst set changes happen on the remainder of the stage.
Daniel Perks, Exeunt Magazine 12/09/2016

Dark Tourism

Max Blackman’s lighting and Mike Thacker’s sound is an exhilarating combination and the play’s energy never drops.
Camilla Gurtler, A Younger Theatre 03/10/2015

Happy Birthday Without You

The lighting and music were also very cleanly cut and fitted the play down to a ‘T’. Each piece of music that was used heightened the emotion that Jalay was demonstrating with her words or actions; it was comic, it was tense, it was brilliant. In a similar sense, the lighting added to these moments as well in a way that, unless you were specifically looking out for it, was subtle enough to manipulate your feelings without being noticed.
Kat Caunter, London Theatre 1 23/01/2015

Jesus Christ Superstar

Lighting designed by Max Blackman was extremely clever, using spots and moving, flashing lights to create very dramatic effects.
Sarah Falcus, Sardines Magazine 06/06/2014
Dramatic lighting – beautifully designed by Max Blackman – set the tone for a gritty, powerful evening.
Alice Anderson, Amdram 06/06/2014

On The Permanence Of Fugitive Colours

The lighting design was simple but effective, with nine bare light bulbs reacting to the action on stage – orgasmically flashing to Steve and Rebecca’s first sexual encounter and vacillating between dimmed and blazing as their relationship peaks and troughs.
Carly Halse, Female Arts 12/08/2013
Theatre:
  • West End
  • Commercial Tour
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Regional (Studio)
  • Small Scale Touring
  • Fringe / Pub Theatre
  • Touring relights
Musical:
  • Small Scale / Fringe
Contact method Details
Website www.maxblackman.co.uk
Email address maxdblackman@gmail.com

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