Ciaran Bagnall

Costume design
Lighting design
Set design

Ciaran Bagnall trained at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. After spending over thirteen years in Wales and England he returned home to work in Irish theatre.

He is an Artistic Associate of Prime Cut Productions and has designed set and/or lighting for a large number of their productions. Ciaran shares a passion with Prime Cut for intense and meaningful theatrical experiences. He considers his work on the Chilean Trilogy as the best he has ever achieved, and in particular his work with Sophie Motley on the design and environment they created together for Tejas Verdes.

Awards
Best Lighting Design, Irish Times Theatre Awards 2014 for "Pentecost" (Lyric Theatre)

Ciaran Bagnall   Tejas Verdes

2014
Stage Theatre
Lighting design
Set design
Production company
Prime Cut Productions
Premiere Venue
The MAC, Belfast
Writer
Ferman Cabal
Director
Sophie Motley

Artist Statement

My journey on Tejas Verdes began over 8 years ago when the company first produced it as a rehearsed reading directed by Emma Jordan. I designed a simple lighting design for the reading and it worked well to help support the piece but I was desparate to do more with it. My chance finally arrived last year when Prime Cut choose to produce it alongside two other Chilean Plays – Villa and Discurso, as part of a Chilean season of political theatre in the MAC, Belfast.

Taking over the entire theatre, and with Tejas Verdes in the main space, Sophie and I wanted to make the experience an unforgettable one. Taking away all the seating in the auditorium we staged Tejas Verdes as a promenade piece throughout the auditorium. Inspired by the river running alongside the detention center in the play, I placed the actors in the center of the space above the audience on a sprawling piece of concrete shaped like the river itself. The audience were effectively buried below the cast, watching from the depths as witnesses to the horrific story of Colorina. Focusing each area of the set with a sharp and precise lighting design.


Ciaran Bagnall   Pentecost

2014
Stage Theatre
Lighting design
Other featured designers
Alyson Cummins
Fergus O’Hare
Production company
Lyric Theatre
Premiere Venue
Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Writer
Stewart Parker
Director
Jimmy Fay
Photographer
Steffan Hill

Ciaran Bagnall   Neither Either

2014
Stage Dance
Lighting design
Set design
Other featured designers
Catherine Fay
Production company
Liz Roche Company
Maiden Voyage
Premiere Venue
The MAC, Belfast
Choreographer
Liz Roche

Artist Statement

The design and Choreography for Neither Either was heavily influenced by the work of Seamus Heaney. In particular one sentence: “….the strain of being in two places at once, of needing to accommodate two opposing conditions of truthfulness simultaneously…”.

Inspired by this quote from Seamus Heaney, the new dance work looked at the predicament of living out two conflicting states of mind at once. Through the set and lighting design I tried to infuse two spaces. Neither of them complete without the other.


Ciaran Bagnall   I Am My Own Wife

2012
Stage Theatre
Lighting design
Set design
Other featured designers
Philip Stewart
Production company
Prime Cut Productions
Premiere Venue
The MAC, Belfast
Writer
Doug Wright
Director
Emma Jordan

Ciaran Bagnall   Bliss/Re:play Bubble

2012
Stage Theatre
Costume design
Lighting design
Set design
Other featured designers
Conan McIvor
Production company
Replay Theatre Company
Premiere Venue
National School Tour
Director
Anna Newell