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The Lighting Module

The Art of Stage Lighting combines many of the sciences to create three dimensional images from the sad and the sombre of drama to the glorious and extravagance of the musical. The physics of colour and light, of reflection and refraction, the flow of electrons, the biology of the eye, the geometry of the triangle and digital communication are among these aspects of which some understanding is required. The Lighting Module will explore these various facets while explaing the basics for the art. While many of the chapters will have technical discussions the overall structure will keep in the mind that we are exploring the knowledge base of an art form. As the project is European wide the language will attempt to be a form which is easily translated.


Chapter 1. The Nature of Light, introduces us to the natural characteristics that can be manipulated in the creative process.
Chapter 2. Purpose and People, introduces the pioneers of the last century and their theories.
Chapter 3. Controlling Light: The Tools of Space, examines the different lights used today.
Chapter 4. Controlling Light: The Tools of Time, looks at the development of control systems over the last fifty years.
Chapter 5. Controlling Light : Space and Time, explores the more recent development of automated lighting and the web parallel with what we are developing in Second Life.
Chapter 6. Vision and Colour, investigates the interaction between the physics of light and color and human physiology
Chapter 7. Use of Colour, explains colour theories developed in the last century during the era of Modern Art.
Chapter 8. Angles, Areas and Methods, explores the theories and practice of lighting in contemporary theatre.
Chapter 9. Execution: Script, Plans and Paperwork, finishes the module explaining the process and method of lighting for the theatre.

Conleth White
He has toured to Belgrade, Taiwan, Denmark and the UK with Big Telly's swimming-pool productions of The Little Mermaid (2005/6) and Sinbad (2008) and has lit other productions for the company in Northern Ireland. He is also worked with Green Shoot/GB, the Dublin based company Family Affair, Dogshow in the Galway and Kilkenny Arts Festivals (2006), Fido in the Dublin Fringe 2007 and others. Another theatre in Dublin he has worked with extensively is Axis-Ballymun which produces new work by Dermot Bolger. Conleth has also lit many site specific pieces, e.g. for Island Theatre Co. in Kilmainham Gaol, for Angel Orenzans Centre, New York. His lighting design for the Field Day/Tinderbox co-production of Northern Star in the First Presbyterian Church for Belfast Festival 1998 was nominated for best lighting design of the Irish Times/ESB theatre awards. Recent dance work includes lighting and co-production with Anne Gilpin and Ian Wilson (Triptych) Tundra in The Empty Space, Dublin For Dublin Fringe 2008. He lit The Nutcracker Suite in the Helix for RTE’s Ballet Chancers and The Four Quartets a contemporary piece for Maiden Voyage in Belfast 2009. Other interesting work has included Connections, a video installation Cork & Belfast Film Festivals & Feile an Phobail, for NVA Divali, Eid-al-Fitr and Christmas Festivals of Light in the Hidden Gardens, The Tramway, Glasgow 2003 and the Glasgow School of Art Fashion shows in the Old Fruitmarket, the Arches and The Tramway. Conleth worked as Technical Manager for Dublin Theatre Festival 1996-8 and Production Manager in 1999. He taught lighting and ran in-training technical workshops on the Intetgra Theatre Training Course in the Firkin Crane in Cork, Ireland in 1997-8. He has been the lighting tutor in Inchicore CFE since 1999.