This episode focuses on the differences between Designing for Theatre, Dance or Opera, featuring Set and Costume Designer Sabine Dargent, Composer and Sound designer Tom Lane, and Lighting Designer Sinéad McKenna.

Each Stage Left episode covers different aspects of scenography and its processes with designers from all disciplines at a variety of stages in their careers.

This podcast was recorded on 17 December 2020 on Zoom, which at times affects the sound quality.

You will find information on the productions mentioned in this podcast further down this page.

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Productions and Programmes Mentioned

Pageant by CoisCéim Dance Theatre

Choreography: David Bolger & Muirne Bloomer
Set and Costume Designer: Maree Kearns
Lighting Designer: Sinéad McKenna
Original Music and Sound: Ivan Birthistle and Vincent Doherty
Video: Kilian Waters

Project Arts Centre 23 February – 2 March 2013


Photo by Ros Kavanagh


CoisCéim Website

Lighting Design for Dance Programme

Presented in partnership with Liz Roche Company, Dance Ireland, The Lir Academy and Irish World Academy of Music & Dance, University of Limerick


Sabine Dargent is a set and costume designers. She works on sets and designs of all kinds and all scales, mostly dance and theatre shows, operas, but also events, street theatre, and exhibitions.

Her education was in France, including Duperré, National Applied Art Schools, where she did an MA in Conceptual Art. She then meet theatre and started developing a career in set design in both France and Ireland. She won twice the best set-design award by The Irish Times Theatre Awards.

Sabine Dargent Website


Tom Lane is a composer, sound designer and performer living in Dublin, Ireland. Born in Bristol in 1984, he studied music at Balliol College Oxford, composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and composition and experimental music theatre at the Berlin University of the Arts. He completed a PhD in site-specific composition at University College Cork in 2017. Tom was the 2021 Associate Artist of the Gate Theatre​ and he is represented by the Lisa Richards Agency.

Tom has been nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award on 7 occasions, most recently Best Soundscape for The Haircut! at the Ark Theatre and Best Opera for The Stalls in 2020. Recent work includes composition for the Olivier Award nominated The Tragedy of Macbeth at the Almeida Theatre directed by Yaël Farber and starring Saoirse Ronan and James McArdle. He was also composer and sound designer for Yaël Farber’s Hamlet at Dublin’s Gate Theatre and St Ann’s Warehouse, New York. In 2018 he composed music for choreographer Hannes Langolf’s new physical theatre piece Unruhe at Theater Trier. From 2017-2019 he composed The House Trilogy, a series of chamber operas commissioned by Cork Opera House as part of Cork Midsummer Festival. He is a founding member of Ulysses Opera Theatre.

Tom Lane was the inaugural recipient of the Seán Ó Riada PhD scholarship in composition for theatre at University College Cork and a 2016 Next Generation Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland.

Tom Lane Website


Sinéad McKenna an internationally renowned Irish set and lighting designer working extensively across theatre, opera, dance and film, and has received two Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards for best lighting design and a Drama Desk nomination for outstanding lighting design for a musical. She previously designed Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffman for Irish National Opera. Other designs for opera and music include Mozart’s Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Theatre Company); Verdi’s La traviata (Malmö Opera); Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia (Irish Youth Opera) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Opera Ireland); The Wizard of Oz and Prodijig(Cork Opera House) and Angela’s Ashes: the Musical. Film and TV credits include Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (Blinder Films), Bovinity (Tommy Tiernan) and Fitting In (Des Bishop), among others. She recently designed the set and lighting for Mark O’Rowe’s The Approach (Landmark Productions) and has designed lighting for numerous other Landmark productions. She has worked extensively with Druid Theatre, the Abbey Theatre, the Gate Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Dundee Rep, Cork Opera House, The Everyman, Cork, Rough Magic, Cahoots, Coiscéim Dance Theatre, Decadent Theatre, Gare St Lazare Ireland, Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Fishamble, The Corn Exchange, THISISPOPBABY, Siren Productions, Second Age, The Performance Corporation, Semper Fi and Gúna Nua.

Sinéad McKenna Website

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