Director: John Tiffany Playwright: Jack Thorne Based on an original story by: J.K.Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany Movement Director: Steven Hoggett Set Designer: Christine Jones Costume Design: Katrina Lindsay Composer & Arranger: Imogen Heap Lighting Designer: Neil Austin [interview] Sound Designer: Gareth Fry Illusions & Magic: Jamie Harrison Music Supervisor & Arranger: Martin Lowe Special Effects: Jeremy Chernick Casting Director: Julia Horan CDG Production Manager: Gary Besstone Production Stage Manager: Sam Hunter Associate Director: Des Kennedy Associate Movement Director: Neil Bettles Associate Set Designer: Brett J. Banakis Associate Sound Designer: Pete Malkin
Original London Cast, 2016
Lighting Design – Neil Austin
Some beautifully subtle lighting effects, working with haze and projection to transform the blank canvas of the set into a huge variety of locations.
Particularly impressive are the battens used to backlight the train chase sequence – it looks like they’re pixel mapped to provide a sense of movement (along with wind effects) whilst still ensuring the relevant cast members are lit.
However, the most impressive aspect of the lighting design is what isn’t lit. Many of the illusions in the show require very subtle lighting effects to ensure that the audience is looking at the right thing, and that they don’t notice the secrets which enable the illusions to operate.
Keep the Secrets – Magic & Illusion
There are a number of wonderful recreations of classic stage illusions during the show (particularly during Part 1), all of which are carried out with a great deal of skill and using traditional (and therefore very successful) theatrical techniques.
In particular the number of sudden appearances of certain characters in different parts of the stage is dizzyingly impressive. While similar ideas have been used in shows such as Our House and Groundhog Day, the sheer number of illusions and the pace at which they’re carried out is a joy to behold.
I won’t go into any more detail (#keepthesecrets) but any fans of magic and illusion should make every effort to see the show.