Lighting & Set Designer and Artistic Director of PrimeCut Productions, Ciarán Bagnall, and Set Designer Tracey Lindsay talk about the impact of COVID in live performance, among other insightful topics related to scenography, in conversation with Niall Rea, lecturer in Theatre Design and Performing Arts at Institute of Technology Sligo.

This podcast was recorded on 6 December 2020.

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.

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

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Productions Mentioned

Abomination by Conor Mitchell & The Belfast Ensemble

Director: Conor Mitchell
Conductor: Tom Deering
Video Designer: Conan McIvor
Lighting Designer: Mary Tumelty
Associate Design Supervisor: Tracey Lindsay


Lyric Theatre, Belfast  8 – 10 November 2019


Photo by Neil Harrison



Red by John Logan

Director: Emma Jordan
Set & Lighting Designer: Ciarán Bagnall
Costume Designer: Enda Kenny
Sound Design: Carl Kennedy


Co-Produced by Prime Cut Productions and Lyric Theatre Belfast 

8 – 23 April 2017




Ciarán Bagnall is a professional Lighting and Set Designer with over twenty five years experience in theatre design. He is based in Belfast, and as well as being a freelance Lighting and Set Designer, he is the Creative Director of Prime Cut Productions.

After training at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff he became a full time member of the Lighting Department at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre. At the Haymarket, Ciaran designed the Lighting for productions such as Excavate, The Crane (RedEarth Theatre Company), Contaminated Candy, Stolen, The Cripple of Inishmann, Bollywood Jane, Bed, Mine, Love in the 21st Century, The Leicester Comedy Festival 2003, Othello, Safe Passage, Oedipus the King, Winters Sun, Heroes, The Threepenny Opera, Roses of Eyam, Sugar and Slugs, and Divided We Stand. 

On his departure from the Leicester Haymarket in 2003, Ciarán became a freelance designer in London where he was based for five years. He has since returned home to Ireland and continues to work both nationally and internationally.

Ciarán Bagnall Website


Niall Rea lectures in Theatre Design and Performing Arts at Atlantic University Sligo. He received his AHRC funded doctorate from the Brian Friel Centre for Theatre Research at Queen’s University in Belfast.

As a designer, Niall has worked extensively all over the UK and Ireland, as well as in the rest of Europe and the USA. He has designed over one hundred productions in Belfast for companies such as Tinderbox, Lyric Theatre, G.B.L. Productions, Replay, Greenshoot, Aisling Ghear, Theatre at the Mill, Brassneck. Some of his other favourite credits include Ghosts (Fru Emilia Theatre, Iceland), La Dispute and Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), and Sweet Charity (B.A.C., London). He is associate designer of Rawlife Theatre company having designed all their productions since 2006. The European companies he has worked with include Michel Laub/Remote Control Productions and Company RAZ; designing for Planet Lulu, Daniel and the Dancers, Frankula, and Angelo senza Angelo, often collaborating with Marina Abramovic, the renowned international performance artist.

Niall also works with choreographers to stage experimental dance pieces; including the Puerto Rican National Ballet, Melanie Stewart Dance, Philadelphia and Theatre Encorps in London.
His practice-based academic research explores the performance of queer identities in Northern Ireland through the conflict and post-conflict periods. He is artistic director and designer of TheatreofplucK, Northern Ireland’s first publicly funded gay theatre company. TheatreofplucK were in residence at the MAC, Belfast’s modern contemporary arts centre, when it opened in 2012/13, preparing four productions all of which examine LGBT people in society, and all either world or Irish Premieres.

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