Set & Lighting Design



Ciaran is a professional Lighting and Set Designer with over twenty years experience in theatre design. He is based in Belfast and is an associate artist with 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, Ciaran became a freelance designer in London where he was based for five years. He has recently returned home to Ireland and continues to work both nationally and internationally. 



He was awarded Best Lighting Design at the Irish Times Theatre Awards in 2014 for his Lighting Design on Pentecost at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.

In 2009 he won Best Design at the MEN Theatre Awards, Manchester, for his Set, Lighting and Costume design on Oleanna at the Bolton Octagon;

Then came Oleanna, a punishing two-hander intensified by the cage-like setting of a stark minimalist office, changing mirror backdrop and ingenious lighting - perfect for the destruction poised to unfold, and for our winner.
— Manchester Evening News

In 2011 his Lighting Design for Tinderbox Theatre Company’s Guidelines for a long and happy life in an old printing factory in East Belfast was nominated for the Best Lighting Design at the Irish Times Theatre Awards.

His Set Design for Secret Thoughts at the Octgaon Theatre in Bolton was nominated for Best Design at the Manchester Theatre Awards also in 2011.

In 2015 he was the first ever designer to design both the Lighting AND Set Design for a major production at the RSC for Iqbal Khan’s Othello. 

There’s a stunning, palatial set design, complete with a gondola and stretch of water for the opening Venetian scenes.
— The Telegraph

Also in 2015 his designs for Tejas Verdes were selected to be included in a Highlights of Irish Theatre Design 2007-2014 publication and exhibition ran by the Irish Theatre Institute in Dublin.