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Danny Vavrečka

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Biography

Danny is a lighting designer for theatre, opera, and dance. He was selected as the 2023 Design Lumière by the Association for Lighting Production and Design.

THEATRE INCLUDES: work.txt (Soho Theatre & International Tour); Without (Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Compositor E (VAULTS Festival); Zombiegate (Theatre503); Period Dramas (Other Palace); Noson yn y Glwys (Neuadd Dewi Sant); Jigsaw, The Abductions (Rose Theatre, Kingston); The Moors (Richard Burton Theatre); Fires Our Shoes Have Made, The Improv Musical! (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Dogfight (Warwick Arts Centre Studio); Timpson: The Musical (King’s Head Theatre); Guys and Dolls (Warwick Arts Centre Theatre); (Warwick Arts Centre Studio); RENT (Goose Nest Theatre); Blood Wedding (Mumford Theatre).

OPERA INCLUDES: Beauty and the Seven Beasts (Brixton Jamm); Don Giovanni / Il barbiere di Siviglia / Le nozze di Figaro (Sherman Theatre); Hansel and Gretel (Goose Nest Theatre).

DANCE INCLUDES: Empower in Motion (Sadler’s Wells Theatre); Terra Nova (Theatre Royal, Winchester); 1001 (Omnibus Theatre).

CREDITS AS ASSOCIATE/ASSISTANT LIGHTING DESIGNER INCLUDE: Just For One Day (for Howard Hudson, Old Vic Theatre); Rock 'n' Roll (for Peter Mumford, Hampstead Theatre); The Witches (for Bruno Poet, National Theatre); The Hypochondriac (for Johanna Town, Sheffield Crucible); The Little Big Things (for Howard Hudson, Soho Place); Semele (for Peter Mumford and Rick Fisher, Glyndebourne); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (for Paul Pyant, Glyndebourne); Dialogues des Carmélites (for Alessandro Carletti, Glyndebourne); Don Giovanni (for Bernd Purkrabek, Glyndebourne).

Danny trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, following a degree in Theatre at the University of Warwick.

 

Previous productions

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
Just For One Day Musical Old Vic Theatre, London Assistant Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Howard Hudson
Director: Luke Sheppard
Set designer: Soutra Gilmour
Feb 2024
Empower in Motion Dance Sadler's Wells Theatre, London Lighting Designer Choreographer: Kristen McNally
, Choreographer: Maia Rose Roberts
, Choreographer: Sebastian Kloborg
, Choreographer: Mary Skeaping
, Choreographer: Joe Powell-Main
Feb 2024
Rock 'n' Roll Theatre Hampstead Theatre Assistant Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Peter Mumford
Director: Nina Raine
Set designer: Anna Reid
Dec 2023
Roald Dahl's The Witches Musical The Olivier, National Theatre Assistant Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Bruno Poet
Director: Lyndsey Turner
Set designer: Lizzie Clachan
Nov 2023
The Hypochondriac Theatre Sheffield Crucible Theatre Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Johanna Town
Director: Sarah Tipple
Set designer: Colin Richmond
Oct 2023
The Little Big Things Musical Soho Place Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Howard Hudson
Director: Luke Sheppard
Set designer: Colin Richmond
Sep 2023
Without Musical Big Belly, Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe Lighting Designer Director: Ben Tomalin & Maisie Fawcett
Aug 2023
Semele Opera Glyndebourne Opera House Assistant Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Peter Mumford & Rick Fisher
Director: Adele Thomas
Set designer: Annemarie Woods
Jul 2023
A Midsummer Night's Dream Opera Glyndebourne Opera House Assistant Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Paul Pyant
Director: Peter Hall
Set designer: John Bury
Jul 2023
Dialogues des Carmelites Opera Glyndebourne Opera House Assistant Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Alessandro Carletti
Director: Barrie Kosky
Set designer: Katrin Lea Tag
Jun 2023
Don Giovanni Opera Glyndebourne Opera House Assistant Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Bernd Purkrabek
Director: Mariame Clément
Set designer: Julia Hansen
May 2023
work.txt Theatre International Tour Lighting Designer Director: Nathan Ellis
Feb 2023
Kathak Monologues Dance UK tour
Amina Khayyam Dance Company
Touring Re-Lighter Lighting designer: Clare O'Donoghue
Choreographer: Amina Khayyam
Feb 2023
Compositor E Theatre Network Theatre, Vault Festival
Falling Sparrow
Lighting Designer Director: Amie Burns Walker
Feb 2023
Love Goddess, the Rita Hayworth Musical Musical The Cockpit Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Steve North
Set designer: Mayou Trikerioti
Nov 2022
Zombiegate Theatre Theatre503 Lighting Designer Director: Julian Bruton
Set designer: Delyth Evans
Nov 2022
work.txt Theatre Studiobühne U17, Staatstheater Mainz Lighting Designer Director: Nathan Ellis
Oct 2022
Terra Nova Dance Theatre Royal Winchester
British Youth Music Theatre
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Rachel Birch-Lawson & Khyle Eccles
Aug 2022
work.txt Theatre Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe Festival Lighting Designer Director: Nathan Ellis
Aug 2022
Period Dramas Theatre Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe Festival Lighting Designer Director: Jessy Roberts
Aug 2022
Beauty and the Seven Beasts Opera Brixton Jamm
The Opera Story
Lighting Designer Director: James Hurley
Set designer: Tomás Palmer
Apr 2022
work.txt Theatre Soho Theatre Upstairs Lighting Designer Director: Nathan Ellis
Mar 2022
Period Dramas Theatre Other Palace Studio, London Lighting Designer Director: Jessy Roberts
Feb 2022
1001 Dance Omnibus Theatre Lighting Designer Choreographer: Jana Aizupe
Feb 2022
Noson yn y Glwys Theatre Neuadd Dewi Sant, Cornerstone, Cardiff Lighting Designer Director: Rhian Blythe
Set designer: Tomás Palmer
Dec 2021
Jigsaw Theatre Rose Theatre, Kingston
Pound of Flesh Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Matt Owen
Jul 2021
Lights Over Tesco Carpark: The Abductions Theatre Rose Theatre, Kingston
Poltergeist Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Jack Bradfield and Shankho Chaudhuri
Set designer: Shankho Chaudhuri
Apr 2021
Don Giovanni / Il barbiere di Siviglia / Le nozze di Figaro Opera Sherman Theatre, Cardiff Lighting Designer Director: Sarah Crisp
Set designer: Emeline Beroud
Mar 2021
The Moors Theatre Richard Burton Theatre, Cardiff Lighting Designer Director: Patricia Logue
Set designer: Joe Loftin
Dec 2020
Fires Our Shoes Have Made Theatre Edinburgh Fringe Festival, C Venues
Pound of Flesh Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Matt Owen
Aug 2019
Dogfight Musical Warwick Arts Centre Studio Lighting Designer Director: Bronte Skey
Set designer: Grace Lovegrove
May 2019
Guys and Dolls Musical Warwick Arts Centre Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Alessandra French
Set designer: Grace Lovegrove
Feb 2019
Timpson: The Musical Musical Kings Head Theatre, then touring
Gigglemug Comedy
Lighting Designer Director: Sam Cochrane
Set designer: Doug Cairns
Feb 2019
The Pillowman Theatre Warwick Arts Centre Studio Lighting Designer Director: Matt Owen and Oscar Sadler
Set designer: Meg Colborne
Feb 2019
X Theatre Warwick Arts Centre Studio Lighting Designer Director: Joe Matty
Set designer: Grace Lovegrove
Jan 2019
Lip Service Theatre Warwick Arts Centre Studio Lighting Designer Director: Grace Lovegrove
Set designer: Grace Lovegrove
Oct 2018
A Monster Musical! Musical Edinburgh Fringe Festival, C Venues Lighting Designer Director: Josh Dixon
Aug 2018
Timpson: The Musical Musical Edinburgh Fringe Festival, C Venues
Gigglemug Comedy
Lighting Designer Director: Sam Cochrane
Set designer: Doug Cairns
Aug 2018
Rent Musical The Goose Nest Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Josh Dixon
Set designer: Tommy Harvey
Jan 2018
Hansel and Gretel Opera The Goose Nest Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Rhiannon McDonagh
Set designer: DeDe Cullum
Jan 2018
The Pirates of Penzance Musical Warwick Arts Centre Studio Lighting Designer Director: Rebekah Hesmondhalgh and Sophie Taylor
Set designer: DeDe Cullum
Jun 2017
Blood Wedding Theatre Mumford Theatre, Cambridge Lighting Designer Director: Rachel Ellis
Jun 2017
Jerusalem Theatre Warwick Arts Centre Studio Lighting Designer Director: Bethan Pitts
Set designer: Natalie Doyle
May 2017
Little Shop of Horrors Musical Warwick Arts Centre Studio Lighting Designer Director: Rob Madge
Set designer: Doug Cairns
May 2017
Noughts and Crosses Theatre Warwick Arts Centre Studio Lighting Designer Director: Zahrah Kazim
Set designer: Ciara Shrager
Feb 2017
Location availability:
  • UK London
  • UK Provinces
  • Worldwide
Contact method Details
Website www.dannyvavrecka.com
Agent name Nicky Griffiths
Agent email nicky@33ltd.com
Agent website https://www.33ltd.com
Theatre:
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Regional (Studio)
  • Small Scale Touring
  • Fringe / Pub Theatre
  • Education Establishment
  • Touring relights
Musical:
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Regional (Studio)
  • Small Scale / Fringe
  • Education Establishment
Opera:
  • Small scale
  • Education Establishment
Dance:
  • Small Scale
Education:
  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Training

News

Appearing here soon... a collection of articles from the Focus magazine archives.

Press quotes

Without

The lighting design is fabulous, and we all know that Fringe techs are tight, so what they have done in the time they had is awesome. They create different times of days, emotional states and ambience with this lighting.
Olivia Ruggiero, Theatre Travels 19/08/2023

work.txt

There’s a deeply existential aspect to the experience in its premise about accepting that we are both present and ephemeral, unique and groupable, essential and replaceable. Ellis’ text scratches that therapeutic itch, with backup from Danny Vavrečka’s moodily colourful lighting design.
Ilana Lucas, Broadway World 28/09/2023
The show effortlessly navigates its bold choices, never feeling like a gimmick thanks to its witty text, lighting and sound design.
Oliver Giggins, North West End UK 12/08/2022
An initial task invites the audience to lay wooden blocks in any way they would like in the space, and these are then lit beautifully in sunrise tones by Danny Vavrečka to bring to life a city in miniature.
The Stage

Compositor E

Danny Vavrecka’s lighting design is another major contributor, emphasising John’s encompassing trauma. In one instance, a sudden blast of light startles the senses.
Tom Carrao, Lost in Theatreland 16/02/2023

Zombiegate

Gauze drapes frame a set of striped folding doors and blocks, which double up to create the Punch and Judy booth. Backlit by Danny Vavrečka’s LED bars, [they] glow with every electronic ping and siren in Hattie North’s sound design.
Nikita Karia, The Stage 09/11/2022

Terra Nova

Lights (Danny Vavrečka) are largely inspired.
Roderic Dunnett, Musical Theatre Review 19/08/2022

Fires Our Shoes Have Made

The storytelling combines spoken word, sound, music and song, all performed under mesmerising coloured lights. The show looks and sounds beautiful.
Catherine Love, Ed Fest Mag 10/08/2019

Timpson: The Musical

The technical side of the show is very well realised, with exceptionally slick lighting.
Amy Hanson, Broadway World UK 19/08/2018