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