In February I will be lighting Didy Veldman’s new work for the Partner School Choreographic Project at the Prix de Lausanne,
Bittersweet, hugely entertaining and full of sharp wit and repartee, A Song at Twilight (Theatre Royal Bath) is about harbouring secrets and regretting missed opportunities. Noël Coward himself made his farewell stage appearance playing the semi-autobiographical role of Sir Hugo in the West End production of the play in 1966. Starring Simon Callow and Jane Asher, A Song at Twilight is directed by Stephen Unwin and designed by Simon Higlett. It opens on February 12th before going on a UK tour.
Uncle Vanya at The Hampstead Theatre, London Directed By Terry Johnson and Designed by Tim Shortall. “The whole thing is gorgeously lit by Ben Ormerod who slightly darkens the endless summer rays so that there’s always the faintest suggestion of sunsets and endings.” ★★★★The Stage
Currently on tour
The Knot Umanoove: Choreographer Didy Veldman; Designer Joana Dias, touring relight by Dan Saggars. Following The Happiness Project, which launched her company at DanceEast in 2016, Dutch-born Didy Veldman’s new production is an examination of the social and personal significance of marriage in contemporary Western society. “With a cast of seven exceptional dancers, all of whom joyously inhabit Veldman’s rigorous, classically inflected vocabulary, the piece presents us with the highlights of the big day.” ★★★★Luke Jennings The Observer
Three Dancers at Introdans, Arnhem, Holland: Choreographed by Didy Veldman; designed by Kimie Nakano; music by Elena Kats-Chernin. "Dynamic choreography, deft set design and a bewitching original score ... the dancers pull off Veldman's vision with aplomb, executing her choreography with fluidity and control." Daily Telegraph on the original Rambert production.
Frame of View on tour with Danish Dance Theatre: Choreographed by Didy Veldman; designed by Miriam Buether. Originally made for Cedar Lake, NY. "A hilarious slow-motion fight; a horror-movie-style faceless figure bulging through a rubber-panelled door, Frame of View by Ms. Veldman, offered a memorable theatricality." New York Times
Work in 2018
The Model Apartment at The Ustinov Theatre, Bath Directed by Laurence Boswell and designed by Tim Shortall. It’s the early 1980s, and Max and Lola, two elderly Holocaust survivors, are retiring to Florida from Brooklyn. Finally they will be able to escape their difficult daughter and life’s stresses and strains, and sit back and relax. But their new life in the Sunshine State turns dark very quickly. ★★★★ “Finely directed by Laurence Boswell, with four superb and superbly matched actors … almost perfect. Outrageously funny … a superb production of Donald Margulies’ black comedy” Clare Brennan The Observer
In Praise of Love at The Ustinov Theatre, Bath “Jonathan Church closes this year`s rich Theatre Royal Bath summer season with an articulate and finely acted revival of Terence Rattigan`s rarely-performed last play.”" ★★★★The Stage. Designed by Tim Hatley.
see blue through with Leipzig Ballet: Choreographed by Didy Veldman; designed by Stijn Celis. Originally made for Ballet Gulbenkian. "“The choreography gradually grows in stature and ambition, almost as if marine life is emerging from beneath the waves to taste the oxygen of the air above” The Times
Ariadne auf Naxos at Longborough Festival Opera: Directed by Alan Privett; designed by Faye Bradley; conducted by Anthony Negus. Anthony Negus is described as “the UK’s most eminent Wagnerian” (ArtsJournal), and in 2017 was presented with The Wagner Society’s Sir Reginald Goodall Memorial Award. “The entrance of Bacchus (Jonathan Stoughton) in towering silhouette against a crimson sky is thrilling; and then comes the unrivalled Longborough experience of hearing two heroic voices and an utterly committed orchestra in extreme close-up.” The Spectator
Der Fliegender Holländer at Longborough Festival Opera: Directed by Thomas Guthrie; designed by Ruth Paton; conducted by Anthony Negus. "Nothing about this opera is easy to execute, and it’s greatly to Longborough’s credit that on limited resources it has curated a performance as strong as this one... a backdrop of a livid and stormy sky (beautifully painted and lit by Ruth Paton and Ben Ormerod)...
The Whale at The Ustinov Theatre, Bath: Directed by Laurence Boswell designed by Tim Shortall. "A morbidly obese man is trapped with his regrets and his furious daughter in the Ustinov’s superb revival" ★★★★★Susannah Clapp The Observer
Long Day's Journey into Night Glasgow Citz production at Home, Manchester: Directed by Dominic Hill; designed by Tom Piper. "...bleak, feverish and compelling." ★★★★ Mark Fisher The Guardian "In a work that endlessly references “ghosts haunting the past” there is something of the haunted house about Tom Piper’s set, a skeleton of a building, starkly lit by Ben Ormerod."★★★★ Allan Radcliffe The Times Transferred to The Home in Manchester in May,
Broken Glass at Watford Palace: Directed by Richard Beecham; Designed by Simon Kenny. "Resonant and urgently relevant revival of Arthur Miller’s intricately-crafted psychological drama." ★★★★The Stage
All's Well That Ends Well at The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse: Directed by Caroline Byrne; Designed by Colin Richmond.. "Byrne’s blisteringly good production about sisterhood." ★★★★The Stage. "A striking piece of work." The Independent
Shows in 2017 included:
A Woman of No Importance Classic Spring at The Vaudeville by Oscar Wilde. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole; Designed by Jonathan Fensom. "Wonderfully moving… Sublimely funny” The Independent "A compelling start to Dominic Dromgoole’s Wilde season… the bar has been set high” The Times
Prism at Hampstead Theatre Written and directed by Terry Johnson; designed by Tim Shortall.. "...movingly records the fragmentation of Cardiff’s Alzheimer’s-affected memory and yields a riveting performance from Robert Lindsay." Michael Billington, The Guardian.
The Happiness Project Unamoove at Skanes Dans Theater, Malmo, Sweden. Choreographed by Didy Veldman; designed by Kimie Nakano; music composed and performed live by Alexander Balanescu; touring relight by Anthony Arblaster. "Didy Veldman launches her company with a terrific show that encourages its audience to experience dance as a surge of emotion" Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
Woyzeck in Winter Landmark Productions at The Barbican by Buchner/Schubert. Adapted and directed by Conall Morrison; musical director Conor Linehan; set by Jamie Vartan; costumes by Joan O'Clery. "The anguish and torment of Büchner’s tragedy and Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise combine to brilliant effect in a pioneering piece of music-theatre" Michael Billington, The Guardian. "It looks wonderful too, with Beckett-like tramps stalking the scenes in shadowy lighting by Ben Ormerod that effortlessly conjures a rising moon, a brightly lit fairground and the darkening wood where Marie meets her fate." Sarah Crompton What's On Stage
Orestia: This Restless House at the Glasgow Citizens and Edinburgh International Festival by Zinnie Harris. Directed by Dominic Hill; designed by Colin Richmond; music composed and performed live by Nikola Kodjabashia. "Nikola Kodjabashia’s live score of atonal piano chords, scraping percussion and whispering echoes has defined the playing space just as much as Ben Ormerod’s ravishing lighting from the start." Mark Fisher, The Guardian; "Dominic Hill’s spectacular production – set by designer Colin Richmond in a bleak and grungy hallway, brilliantly lit by Ben Ormerod – whisks us in split-second altered states from the night-club sleaze of Clytemnestra’s court to the slaughterhouse of the palace kitchen" Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman
Tristan und Isolde at Longborough Festival Opera: Wagner: Directed by Carmen Jacobi; conducted by Anthony Negus; designed by Kimie Nagano. "The glisten of dawn at sea is captured by Ben Ormerod’s lighting and Kimie Nakano’s beautifully simple sets....It’s a first to come out of Act I, never mind the subsequent two acts, and find everyone dumbfounded. It’s hard to imagine this opera making a more shattering impact." Fiona Maddocks The Observer
A Double Bill of French Operas at RCM: Directed by Stephen Unwin; designed by Neil Warmington; conducted by Michael Rosewell. "...thanks to the brilliance, and occasional darkness, of the score and the immense vitality of Stephen Unwin’s production it is boundlessly enjoyable." Michael Tanner, The Spectator.
A Number at The Lyceum, Edinburgh : Directed by Zinnie Harris; Designed by Fred Meller. "A crisp combination of stillness and urgency" Mark Fisher, The Guardian "Fred Meller's box set, placed high on the stage and surrounded in darkness, hints at a succession of similar boxes behind it. This feeling is enhanced by Ben Ormerod's lighting, bursting in from the rooms beyond." Thom Dibdin, The Stage