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Wayne Dowdeswell

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Trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.  After several seasons at Contact Theatre, Manchester he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he lit many productions for The Other Place, The Pit and Barbican Theatres. He became resident Lighting Supervisor for the Swan Theatre, Stratford where numerous designs include: The Fair Maid of the West, Every Man in his Humour, A Jovial Crew, Titus Andronicus, The Jew of Malta, The Duchess of Malfi, Edward II, The Seagull, Tamburlaine the Great, The Country Wife, The Roman Actor, The Island Princess, Sejanus.


RSC lighting designs in the West End include: The Shakespeare Revue (Vaudeville), The Cherry Orchard (Albery), The 'Jacobethan' Season (Gielgud), The Tamer Tamed (Gielgud), The 'Gunpowder' Season (Trafalgar Studios), Breakfast with Mugabe (Duchess), The Canterbury Tales (Gielgud).


As a freelance Lighting Designer, productions include: Medea (Wyndham’s and New York), The Birthday Party, Not the End of the World (Bristol Old Vic), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Whisky Galore!, A Little Night Music, Carousel, The Lady in the Van, The Importance of Being Earnest, This Happy Breed, Hard Times (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), Dr Faustus, The School for Scandal, Volpone, The Duchess of Malfi (Stage on Screen, Greenwich Theatre), David Copperfield, A Streetcar Named Desire, An Inspector Calls, Private Lives (Bolton Octagon), Private Peaceful (UK tour & Theatre Royal, Haymarket) 


His designs for Opera include: The Cunning Little Vixen, Don Giovanni, Falstaff, Madam Butterfly, Katya Kabanova, The Barber of Seville, La Boheme, The Marriage of Figaro, Jenufa, Tosca (Longborough Festival Opera), Eugene Onegin, Rinaldo, Madama Butterfly (Grange Park Opera), The Mikado, (D’Oyly Carte, Savoy Theatre), Lucia di Lammermoor, (Scottish Opera and Mariinsky, St. Petersburg).


Olivier Award nominations for Edward II, Tamburlaine the Great and Medea.

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Sophie Rafalowska-Dunning (Performing Arts)

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