Photograph from Pride & Prejudice* (*Sort of) - lighting design by Simon Hayes
© Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh From the show Pride & Prejudice* (*Sort of)
Photograph from Shift - lighting design by Simon Hayes
© National Theatre of Scotland From the show Shift
Photograph from Dear Billy - lighting design by Simon Hayes
Photographer: National Theatre of Scotland | From the show Dear Billy
Photograph from Dear Billy - lighting design by Simon Hayes
Photographer: National Theatre of Scotland | From the show Dear Billy
Photograph from Greater Belfast - lighting design by Simon Hayes
Photographer: Mihaela Bodlovic | From the show Greater Belfast
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Simon Hayes

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Biography

Simon is a Scottish based theatre lighting designer who has worked with a variety of companies including The National Theatre of Scotland, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Tron Theatre, The Citizens Theatre, Beacon Arts, Snap Elastic, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Edinburgh International Festival, Dandelion Festival, Jordan and Skinner and Glass Performance.

Originally from Lincolnshire, Simon has been in Scotland for 20 years after heading North to study Technical Theatre Production at Queen Margaret University College’s Gateway Theatre. He lives outside Edinburgh in the East Lothian Countryside with his partner, two children and Cosmo the dog.

Credits include: Dear Billy (National Theatre of Scotland); Moonset (The Citizens Theatre); The Time Machine (Jordan & Skinner); Eat Me (Snap Elastic); Pride & Prejudice *Sort of (Royal Lyceum Theatre); Shift (National Theatre of Scotland); Motherf***er with the Hat (Tron Theatre);

Simon is also co-creative director of Lightworks, which specialises in large scale site responsive lighting design, immersive light art and show pieces. As part of Lightworks, Simon has been involved in projects across the UK from rooftops to woodlands, harbours to museums on projects specialising in blurring the lines between different creative media. Previous projects include the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew and Edinburgh, Blenheim Palace, RHS Wisley and My Light Shines On for the Edinburgh International Festival. Please see www.makinglight.work for more information.

Simon enjoys collaborating with artists to produce thought provoking, stimulating and evocative designs (as well as the occasional bit of joy and silliness...)

Previous productions

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
Dear Billy Theatre National Theatre of Scotland Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Simon Hayes & Kate Bonney
Director: Joe Douglas
Set designer: Claire Halloran
May 2023
Moonset Theatre Tron Theatre, Glasgow, then touring
Citizens Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Joanna Bowman
Set designer: Jen McGinley
Feb 2023
8 Songs for a Mad King Opera Cottiers Theatre, Glasgow
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Lighting Designer Director: Mark Hathaway
Set designer: Megan Adair & Erin Dougherty
Feb 2020
Pride & Prejudice* (*Sort of) Theatre Bristol Old Vic, then touring
Edinburgh Royal Lyceum
Lighting Designer Director: Paul Brotherston
Set designer: Ana Inés Jabares Pita
Sep 2019
A Brief History of the Fragile Male Ego Theatre Pleasance, then touring
Jordan & Skinner
Lighting Designer Director: Caitlin Skinner
Sep 2019
Pride & Prejudice* (*Sort of) Theatre Tron Theatre, Glasgow
Blood of the Young
Lighting Designer Director: Paul Brotherston
Set designer: Ann Ines Jabares-Pita
Jun 2018
Shift Theatre Summerlee Heritage Centre, Coatbridge
National Theatre of Scotland
Lighting Designer Director: Simon Sharky
Set designer: Becky Minto
Mar 2018
Mother F**ker with the Hat Theatre Tron Theatre, Glasgow
Tron Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Andy Arnold
Set designer: Kenny Miller
Mar 2018
WOke Theatre Guilded Balloon, then touring Lighting Designer Director: Caitlin Skinner
Aug 2017
At a Stretch Theatre Scottish Storytelling Centre, then touring
Jordan & Skinner
Lighting Designer Director: Caitlin Skinner
Set designer: Alice Wilson
Aug 2017
Is this a Dagger Theatre Red Bridge Arts Lighting Designer Director: Andy Cannon
Aug 2017
Daphne Oram's Wonderful World of Sound Theatre Tron Theatre, Glasgow, then touring
Blood of the Young
Lighting Designer Director: Paul Brotherston
Set designer: Ana Inés Jabares Pita
May 2017
Henry IV Theatre Chandler Studio, Glasgow
Baird in the Botanics
Lighting Designer Director: Gordon Barr
Set designer: Carys Hobbs
Mar 2017
A Midsummer Night's Dream Theatre Chander Studio, Glasgow
Baird in the Botanics
Lighting Designer Director: Hugh Hodgart
Set designer: Carys Hobbs
Mar 2017
The Man Who Followed His Legs and Kept on Walking Theatre Wee Stories Lighting Designer Director: Iain Johnstone
Set designer: Claire Halleran
Oct 2016
Expensive S**t Theatre Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, then touring
Made in Scotland
Lighting Designer Director: Adura Onashile
Set designer: Karen Tennant
Jul 2016
Blackout Theatre Changing House, Tron Theatre, Glasgow, then touring
New Room Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Paul Brotherston
Apr 2016
Eat Me Theatre Changing House, Tron Theatre, Glasgow
Tron Lab
Lighting Designer Director: Eszter Marsalk
Apr 2016
Much Ado about Nothing Theatre Chandler Studio, Glasgow
Baird in the Botanics
Lighting Designer Director: Jennifer Dick
Set designer: Carys Hobbs
Mar 2016
Hamlet Theatre Chandler Studio, Glasgow
Baird in the Botanics
Lighting Designer Director: Gordon Barr
Set designer: Carys Hobbs
Mar 2016
Greater Belfast Theatre Changing House, Tron Theatre, Glasgow, then touring
Little King
Lighting Designer Director: Claire Willoughby
Feb 2016
Electric Glen Environmental Rouken Glan Park
East Renfrewshine Council
Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Phil Supple
Feb 2016
Aladdin Theatre Howden Park Centre, Livingston
Plutot la Vie
Lighting Designer Director: Tim Licata
Set designer: Francis Gallop
Dec 2015
Dick McWhitington Theatre New Athenaeum Theatre, Glasgow
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Lighting Designer Director: Alasdair Hawthorn
Set designer: Robin Peoples
Dec 2015
Lovers Theatre Cumbernauld Theatre
Cumbernauld Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Tony Cownie
Nov 2015
What Goes Around Theatre Cumbernauld Theatre, then touring
Cumbernauld Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Tony Cownie
Set designer: Neil Murray
Sep 2015
A Gamblers Guide to Dying Theatre Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, then touring
Show & Tell
Lighting Designer Director: Gareth Nicholls
Aug 2015
Jekyll and Hyde Theatre Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, then touring
Lung Ha's Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Caitlin Skinner
Set designer: Becky Minto
Mar 2015
Les Mamelles de Tirésias Opera Agos Studio, Glasgow
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Lighting Designer Director: Mark Hathaway
Feb 2015
Dido and Aeneas Opera Agos Studio, Glasgow
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Lighting Designer Director: Mark Hathaway
Feb 2015
Mother Goose Theatre New Athenaeum Theatre, Glasgow
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Lighting Designer Director: Alasdair Hawthorn
Set designer: Robin Peoples
Dec 2014
Jack & The Beanstalk Theatre The Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh
The Brunton Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Mark Cox
Set designer: Robin Peoples
Nov 2014
Cardinal Sinne Theatre Tron Theatre, Glasgow
Glasgay!
Lighting Designer Director: Grant Smeaton
Set designer: Veronica Rennie
Oct 2014
Sanitise Theatre Underbelly, Edinburgh, then touring
Jordan & Skinner
Lighting Designer Director: Caitlin Skinner
Set designer: Alice Wilson
Aug 2014
The Tin Forest - South West Theatre Site Specific Lighting Designer Director: Gareth Nicholls & Pete Collins
Set designer: Claire Halleran
Jun 2014
Ghost Peleton Environmental Site Specific, Leeds
NVA
Production Electrician Lighting designer: Phil Supple
Director: Angus Farquhar
May 2014
The Tin Forest Springburn Theatre Springburn, Glasgow
National Theatre of Scotland
Lighting Designer Director: Philippa Tomlin
Mar 2014
Hebrides Ensemble Concert The Sage, Gateshead, then touring
Hebrides Ensemble
Lighting Designer Feb 2014
Into the New Theatre The Arches, Glasgow
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Lighting Designer Jan 2014
Sleeping Beauty Theatre The Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh
The Brunton Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Tim Licata
Set designer: Francis Gallop
Nov 2013
The Beaux Stratagem Theatre Chandler Studio Theatre
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Lighting Designer Director: Robert Carson
Set designer: Isaac Wilcox
Oct 2013
The Enchanted Forest - Absorb Theatre Faskally Woods, Pitlochry
EFCT
Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Kate Bonney
Oct 2013
Woman Beware Woman Theatre Agos Studio, Glasgow
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Lighting Designer Director: Gordon Barr
Set designer: Hazel Blue
May 2013
All's Well that ends well Theatre Agos Studio, Glasgow
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Lighting Designer Director: Bill Wright
Set designer: Hazel Blue
May 2013
Bullet Catch Theatre The Arches, Glasgow, then touring
The Arches
Lighting Designer Director: David Overend
Set designer: Francis Gallop
Mar 2013
Comedy of Errors Theatre Chandler Studio, Glasgow
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Lighting Designer Director: Pete Collins
Jan 2013
Into the New Theatre The Arches, Glasgow Lighting Designer Jan 2013
Snow White Theatre The Byre, St. Andrews
Baird in the Botanics
Lighting Designer Director: Gordon Barr
Set designer: Carys Hobbs
Nov 2012
The Importance of Being Ernest Theatre Chandler Studio Theatre
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Lighting Designer Director: Robert Carson
Set designer: Cassie Pettigrew
Nov 2012
Para Handy Theatre Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, then touring
Eden Court and Open Book
Lighting Designer Director: John Bett
Set designer: Annette Gillies
Sep 2011
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