Paul Keogan

Lighting design
Set design

Paul Keogan is a set and lighting designer based in Dublin Ireland.

His recent lighting designs include work with Abbey Theatre, Corcadorca Theatre Company, Druid, Gate Theatre, Landmark Productions, Lyric Theatre (Belfast), Nuffield Theatre Southampton, Tara Arts, The Crucible (Sheffield), Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool Everyman, Theatre Royal (Northampton), Tiata Fahodz, Tricycle Theatre, Sherman Cymru, and Bristol Old Vic.

His designs for opera include work with Cork Opera House, Grange Park Opera, Nationale Reisopera (Netherlands), Wexford Opera Festival, Opera Zuid (Netherlands), Opera Ireland and Almeida Opera. Dance companies he has designed for include Ballet Ireland, Royal Ballet and English National Ballet.

In addition to his stage design work Paul designed and directed The Wishing Well, a large scale projection project in Kilkenny in collaboration with David Nolan and Ros Kavanagh. He also directed the stage production of Man of Aran Re-imagined for Once Off Productions in collaboration with Liam Ó Maonlaí,  Maura O’Keeffe, Mel Mercier, Síle Nic Chonaonaigh and  Christopher Shutt.


Paul Keogan   No Man's Land

2014
Stage Dance
Lighting design
Other featured designers
Production company
English National Ballet
Premiere Venue
Barbican Theatre, London
Director
Liam Scarlett
Photographer
ASH
Paul Keogan

Artist Statement

A modern ballet presented as part of a programme remembering the Great War. A smoke-filled, sulphurous landscape evoking the trenches abroad and the munitions factories at home.

Set and costume design by Jon Bausor.


Paul Keogan   The Risen People

2013
Stage Theatre
Lighting design
Other featured designers
Alyson Cummins
Niamh Lunny
Philip Stewart
Conor Linehan
Production company
Abbey Theatre
Premiere Venue
Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Writer
James Plunkett, adapted by Jimmy Fay from a version by Jim Sheridan
Director
Jimmy Fay
Photographer
Ros Kavanagh

Artist Statement

The Risen People marking the centenary of the Dublin lockout. Lighting was applied in bold and brash brushstrokes for the ensemble street scenes, in aspirational hues for the musical hall inspired songs, and intimate shadows for the domestic scenes.


Paul Keogan   Drum Belly

2013
Stage Theatre
Lighting design
Other featured designers
Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh
Production company
Abbey Theatre
Premiere Venue
Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Writer
Richard Dormer
Director
Sean Holmes
Photographer
Paul Keogan

Artist Statement

New York 1969. A world in widescreen. A simple bare set punctuated with light sources; a standard lamp, a fluorescent tube, a neon crucifix, or a flaming stove.

Set design by Paul Wills.


Paul Keogan   Thérèse/La Navarraise

2013
Stage Opera
Lighting design
Production company
Wexford Festival Opera
Premiere Venue
National Opera House, Wexford
Writer
Jules Massenet
Director
Renaud Doucet
Photographer
Clive Barda

Artist Statement

Two short operas; one imagined in the cool environs of the art restorer’s studio, the second in the heart of a twentieth century masterpiece.

Set and costume design by André Barbe.


Paul Keogan   A Streetcar Named Desire

2012
Stage
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Lighting design
Production company
Liverpool Playhouse
Premiere Venue
Liverpool Playhouse
Writer
Tennessee Williams
Director
Gemma Bodinetz
Photographer
Andy Webster
Stephen Vaughan

Artist Statement

The lights and colours of an imagined jazzy New Orleans rendered in expressionistic angles and textures.

Set and costume design by Gideon Davey.


Paul Keogan   Tiny Plays for Ireland 1 & 2

2013
Stage Theatre
Lighting design
Other featured designers
Sabine Dargent
Niamh Lunny
Val Sherlock
Ivan Birthistle
Vincent Doherty
Production company
Fishamble: The New Play Company
Premiere Venue
Project Arts Centre, Dublin (Space Upstairs)
Writer
Multiple writers
Director
Jim Culleton
Photographer
Patrick Redmond

Artist Statement

A lighting design that prioritized flexibility to accommodate so many different plays. Some quite intimate and contained, others commanding the entirety of the Project space. Each different and unique but unified within a considered visual aesthetic.


Paul Keogan   Molly Sweeney

2011
Stage Theatre
Lighting design
Set design
Other featured designers
Joan O'Clery
Denis Clohessy
Production company
Gate Theatre
Premiere Venue
Gate Theatre, Dublin
Writer
Brian Friel
Director
Patrick Mason
Photographer
Matthew Thompson

Artist Statement

A set design inviting the audience to get inside the head of the central character. Three naked light bulbs suspended over stage reflecting the stage direction for three spotlights but also evoking synaptic impulses.

 


Paul Keogan   No Escape

2010
Stage Theatre
Lighting design
Other featured designers
Alyson Cummins
Donna Geraghty
Ivan Birthistle
Vincent Doherty
Production company
Abbey Theatre
Premiere Venue
Abbey Theatre, Dublin (Peacock stage)
Writer
Text from the Ryan Report, compiled and edited by Mary Raftery
Director
Roisin McBrinn
Photographer
Ros Kavanagh

Paul Keogan   Wake

2010
Stage Opera
Lighting design
Other featured designers
Conor Murphy
Production company
Nationale Reisopera
Premiere Venue
Nationale Reisopera, Enschede, Netherlands
Writer
Composed by Klaas de Vries
Libretto by David Mitchell
Director
Stephen Langridge
Photographer
Marco Borggreve

Artist Statement

On a completely ordinary evening, somewhere high in a block of flats, nine disparate but interrelated stories of passion, reconciliation, humour, TV football, the pain of adolescence and infirmity of old age, are suddenly interrupted by an unspecified catastrophe that changes the lives of eighteen people forever. Are there words to bridge the gap between us, the survivors, and those we have lost? When we give a voice to memory and emotion, what comfort will they bring?


Paul Keogan   Strandline

2009
Stage Theatre
Lighting design
Other featured designers
Sabine Dargent
Denis Clohessy
Production company
Fishamble: The New Play Company
Premiere Venue
Project Arts Centre, Dublin (Space Upstairs)
Writer
Abbie Spallen
Director
Jim Culleton
Photographer
Patrick Redmond

Artist Statement

In a setting that needed to suggest both exterior and interior space, steel blue light reflected off a metallic back wall as if it were the waves against the hull of a ship, under different lighting conditions the rear wall took on the appearance of poured concrete as in a Le Corbusier villa. Contemporary marine lighting fixtures on wooden tripods positioned on stage indicating a living, working and exhibition space.

 


Paul Keogan   The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui

2008
Stage Theatre
Lighting design
Other featured designers
Conor Murphy
Denis Clohessy
Production company
Abbey Theatre
Premiere Venue
Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Writer
Bertolt Brecht, translated and adapted by George Tabori
Director
Jimmy Fay
Photographer
Ros Kavanagh