Lightwork: Image Performance

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a really intelligent piece of theatre... a brilliant, fizzing eveningThe Guardian


Conceived by Clare Bayley and Andy Lavender
Created by the company
Written by Clare Bayley
Presented in association with the Young Vic Studio

David Antrobus - performance
Jane Guernier - performance
Helena Lymbery - performance
Paul Murray - performance
Andy Lavender - direction
Clare Bayley - text
Miranda Melville - set and costume design
Andrew Lock - set and costume co-design
Simon Macer-Wright - lighting design
Rich Walsh - sound design
Jack Murphy - movement direction
Ros Terry - stage management


Lightwork was granted the Stephen Joseph Award by the Society for Theatre Research, to help fund an exploration into specific nineteenth-century devices and techniques, their remounting in workshop conditions and their integration into the production itself. It was our intention that devices drawn from the performance realm of a previous era were staged precisely as historical phenomena: as effects or solutions appropriate to a particular era of theatre production using the technologies available at that time. The research outcome was therefore presented to the audience as historicised illusionist practice.

The Jerwood Space, London, hosted a two-week research and development phase.

The production was also supported by

  • London Arts Board
  • The Jerwood Space
  • Goldsmiths College, University of London, supported the production.
  • The Central Research Fund, University of London
  • Royal Victoria Hall Foundation