Ric is a Lighting Designer working mainly in theatre and opera, lighting shows in the West End, on tour in the UK and internationally, and site-specific commissions. His work has been seen at the Singapore International Arts Festival; in Seattle, Dubai, Bahrain and Doha, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Beijing, and most significantly in London and New York City. He worked for 10 years for English National Opera, including as Lead Console Programmer, and in the past for Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Ric’s first interest was in Political Theatre – art with something to say, a message to make you re-examine your views or see an issue differently. Working at the Coliseum for 10 years has given Ric a strong interest in lighting for opera, and the unmatched scale of production the art form offers: the powerful visuals that can be created with a chorus of 40 people on stage, the might of their combined voice with the strength of the orchestra, and yet a quiet moment of emotion being equally possible.
I believe a well told story is the best entertainment. If you hear it at the perfect moment it can change your mind, and you might change the world. I want to help you tell beautiful stories.
With James Grieve and George Perrin he founded new writing theatre company nabokov, producing new work for audiences aged 16-25, often with a political or backlash theme. Ric is also a member of theatre company Slung Low, and with them has made and lit shows in churchyards, warehouses, underground car parks, army trucks, those performed while walking through public streets and occasionally in theatres.
Ric is represented by Samantha Lambourne at Performing Arts, and is a Professional Member of the Association of Lighting Designers and of United Scenic Artists, IATSE Local USA 829.