Photograph from Grandfathers - lighting design by Chris Barham
Photographer: Antony Law | From the show Grandfathers
Photograph from Nursing Lives - lighting design by Chris Barham
Photographer: Chris Barham | From the show Nursing Lives
Photograph from The Best Thing - lighting design by Chris Barham
Photographer: Chris Barham | From the show The Best Thing
Photograph from Princess and The Pea - lighting design by Chris Barham
Photographer: Chris Barham | From the show Princess and The Pea
Photograph from Finding Joy - lighting design by Chris Barham
Photographer: Chris Barham | From the show Finding Joy
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Chris Barham

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Biography

I teach Lighting, Sound and Digital Production on the Bath Spa University - Theatre, Festival and Event Production course. 

I graduated with a degree in Technical Theatre from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 2002, and through my academic career to date, have gained a Masters in Professional Practice in Higher Education, a PGCHE, and Teaching Fellowship (FHEA). 

I have worked in the Theatre and Live Events industry for over 20 years, in a variety of areas and roles, at venues such as the Criterion Theatre – West End, the Polka Theatre – Wimbledon and the Theatre Royal – Bath. 

I also work as a freelance Lighting Designer, Production Electrician and Lighting Programmer. I can also offer online training on various softwares such as ETC EOS Family, Capture, and QLab 4.7 and 5.

I have taught technical theatre at the University of Kent, Anglia Ruskin University, and the University of the West of England previously. 

I enjoy researching digital technologies for online and in person learning through a hybrid approach, with an emphasis on teaching the technical theatre arts. 

I work with immersive technologies such as Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. 

Through this research, I completed my Masters dissertation. 

"In the Post show chat last night, one audience member wanted to congratulate the lighting design. Well done, another beautiful piece of work" - Rachael Savage, Artistic Director of Vamos Theatre - 'The Best Thing' 2016 Tour 

"Excellent use of lighting and shadow in the production, without wanting to give anything away" and "Really enjoyed the background music too - and thought the set and lighting was all excellent". - Audience members - 'The Best Thing' - Vamos Theatre Tour 2016 

''Production standards all around were excellent. Lighting especially effective. Special mention should be made of the lighting design, which was highly effective at supporting the set design and transporting us into another world. I also liked the simple use of fairy lights in jars in Skitterbang’s magical cave.'' - 'Skitterbang Island' - Polka Theatre 2010 Arts Council assessor - Sydney Thornbury 

''It’s all usually lit in eerie green and purple tones that match Martin Ward’s beautiful, often mournful, score''. - The Stage review - Nuala Calvi - 'Skitterbang Island' 2014. 

''Smaller 2D puppets add variation, whilst Chris Barham’s lighting immerses the audience in the tale for brief periods – much to the delight of the many children.'' - A Younger Theatre review - Hannah Tookey - 'Skitterbang Island' 2014. 

''Skitterbang Island is atmospheric in the extreme.'' - Children's Theatre reviews.com - Flossie Waite - 'Skitterbang Island' 2014. 

 

 

Previous productions

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
'University Challenged' Panel Show 2020 Bath Spa University TV Studios Television Bath Spa University TV Studio A Lighting Designer Director: Simon Mansfield
Set designer: Josh Jordan
Feb 2020
My One True Friend Theatre Tristan Bates Theatre
Do you love this planet?
Lighting Designer Director: Antony Law
Set designer: Adrian Gee
Aug 2019
Finding Joy 2018 Theatre Touring, then touring
Vamos Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Rachael Savage
Set designer: Carl Davies
Oct 2018
Finding Joy Theatre Courtyard Theatre, Hereford, then touring
Vamos Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Rachael Savage
Set designer: Carl Davies
Sep 2017
Finding Joy Theatre Malvern Theatre & then touring, then touring
Vamos Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Rachael Savage
Set designer: Carl Davies
Apr 2017
The Best Thing II Theatre Vamos Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Rachael Savage
Set designer: Carl Davies
Feb 2017
Toyota Car launch - Silverstone Corporate & Industrial Silverstone Race circuit
Wavelength Stage Co
Production Electrician Nov 2016
'Captain America' Window display Corporate & Industrial Disney stores, Paris/London/Dublin
4th Reality, Bristol
Lighting Designer Mar 2016
The Best Thing Theatre Jacksons Lane, then touring
Vamos
Lighting Designer Director: Rachael Savage
Set designer: Carl Davies
Jan 2016
Tonight at 8.30 Theatre Cockpit Theatre
Bridge Theatre Co
Lighting Designer Director: Mark Akrill
Set designer: Judith Pollard
Jul 2015
Finding Joy Theatre Touring
Vamos Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Rachael Savage
Jul 2015
Bridge Theatre Co Graduate Showcase Theatre Criterion Theatre - West End
Bridge Theatre Training Company
Lighting Designer Director: Mark Akrill / Antony Law
May 2015
Dick and Daisy Theatre Mission Theatre, Bath
Bohemia Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Nanette Ackerman
Apr 2015
Nursing Lives Theatre John Moore Theatre, then touring
Vamos Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Rachael Savage
Feb 2015
Bridge Theatre Co Graduation Showcase 2014 Theatre Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly Circus
Bridge Theatre Training Company
Lighting Designer Director: Mark Akrill, Antony Law, Judith Pollard
May 2014
Skitterbang Island 2014 Theatre Little Angel Theatre, then touring
Polka Theatre/Little Angel Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Peter Glanville
Set designer: Laura McEwen
Apr 2014
Winters Tale Theatre Cockpit Theatre
Bridge Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Mark Akrill
Feb 2014
Grandfathers Theatre Cockpit Theatre
Bridge Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Antony Law
Feb 2014
Death of an Anarchist Theatre Ovalhouse Theatre
Bridge Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Mark Akrill
Jul 2013
Bridge Theatre Co Graduate Showcase Theatre Criterion Theatre
Bridge Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Mark Akrill/Antony Law
May 2013
Measure for Measure Theatre Cockpit Theatre
Bridge Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Mark Akrill
Mar 2013
All Join In Theatre main theatre
Polka Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Roman Stefanski
Set designer: Laura McEwen
May 2011
Lost and Found Theatre Polka Theatre, then touring
Polka Theatre/Travelling Light Theatre Co
Lighting Designer Director: Sally Cookson
Oct 2010
Skitterbang Island 2010 Theatre Adventure Theatre
Polka Theatre/Little Angel Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Peter Glanville
Set designer: Laura McEwen
Jul 2010
Goldilocks Theatre Adventure Theatre
Polka Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Jonathan Lloyd
Oct 2009
How to catch a star Theatre Adventure Theatre
Polka Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Jonathan Lloyd
Nov 2008
Monkey Theatre Adventure Theatre
Polka Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Jonathan Man
May 2008
Princess and The Pea Theatre Adventure Theatre
Polka Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Joy Haynes
Nov 2007
Cloud Pictures Theatre Adventure Theatre
Polka Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Roman Stefanski
Jun 2007
Under One Roof Theatre Adventure Theatre
Polka Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Roman Stefanski
Dec 2006
Cinderella Theatre Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks
Stag Theatre
Lighting Designer Jan 2004
Location availability:
  • UK London
  • UK Provinces
  • Worldwide
Contact method Details
Mobile phone

07788 548854

Email address

cjb.light.sound@gmail.com

Website

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Theatre:
  • International
  • West End
  • Commercial Tour
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Regional (Studio)
  • Small Scale Touring
  • Fringe / Pub Theatre
  • Touring relights
  • Projection / Video Design
Musical:
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Small Scale / Fringe
  • Pantomime
  • Touring relights
Opera:
  • Small scale
Dance:
  • Large Scale
  • Medium Scale
Concert:
  • Festival
Corporate:
  • Product Launches
  • Open Air Events
Architectural:
  • Commercial & Retail
Non-professional:
  • Dance
  • Musicals
  • Plays
Education:
  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Training

News

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