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'Jameson and his designers (Justin Williams - set, Kieron Johnson - lighting) have done a

fabulous job of creating a crazy, camp alternative universe. The setting is both glam and a little

seedy..." - Whatsonstage  (Who’s Holiday)

"... and a mention for the lighting from Kieron Johnson. There is a clever us of stark white beams

in the flies aimed behind the V shaped set, with smoke adding an air of mystery, doors open into

light or dark, wall lights add to the hotel feel when needed, lighting all helping to make the scene

that of a busy hotel, welcoming, sinister, dark, frightening... whatever the mood." - Behind The


“... one cannot help but become invested in the flickering set pieces, timing executed to precision

with Eliyana Evans’ playfully comedic sound design and Kieron Johnson’s lighting.” - Reviews

Hub (Happy Meal)

“Amanda Stoodley’s flexible set design a series of oddly beautiful scaffolding structures, elegantly

lit by Kieron Johnson, suggestive of the changing structures of the city around the Playhouse.” –

The Guardian (Decades)

"The lighting (by Kieron Johnson) plays a huge part in the piece. Haze hangs over the whole

stage, through which narrow side-lighting is able to pick out even the smallest of details. The

absolute precision of the lighting is a major contributor to the overall effect." - British Theatre

Guide (Black Waters)

“Kieron Johnson’s lighting design is outstanding” – Dance Europe (Black Waters)

The dancers also have the benefit of Kieron Johnson’s stunning lighting design." – Reviews Hub

1⁄2 (Black Waters)


Lighting Designer

KJ is a UK based lighting designer for Dance, Theatre and Opera. They trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. 


KJ is a professional member of the Association of Lighting Production and Design and a graduate of the ALPD 20:20 Lumiere Scheme, under the mentorship of Adam Silverman. In 2021, they were one of the recipients of the Hull Truck Theatre Grow bursary.

They have worked with many companies, choreographers and institutions including Phoenix Dance Theatre (Sharon Watson MBE, Miguel Altunaga & Dane Hurst), Joss Arnott Dance (Joss Arnott & Annabelle Lopez Ochoa) and for Avant Garde Dance, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Northern Rascals and Fubunation.

Their work in opera and theatre includes productions for  Opera North, Birmingham Rep, Theatre Clwyd, HOME, Liverpool Playhouse, Leeds Playhouse, Northern Broadsides and Roots Touring.  Additional theatre credits in 2023 include Flip! for Fuel Theatre and The F*****s and Their Friends Between Revolutions for the Manchester International Festival. 

They were the lighting designer on West Side Story: Symphonic Dances (Dance Europe Critic’s Choice 2021).

In 2022, KJ worked with Linbury stage prize winner Sami Fendall on Morgann Runacre-Temple’s production of Hotel with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. KJ was the lighting designer on the Fringe First Award winning Play, Happy Meal, which performed to rave reviews and has since toured nationally and internationally, including Sydney and Perth. 


In 2023, KJ will be working with Pontus Lidberg, Raul Reinoso and Cassi Abranches on Black Sabbath: The Ballet with the Birmingham Royal Ballet in September. In July, they also collaborated with Pontus Lidberg on a new production, On the Nature of Rabbits for the Venice Biennale.


He is also working with Fuel Theatre this autumn on Flip! written by  Racheal Ofori and directed by Emily Aboud which will premier in Newcastle and have a month-long run at London's Soho Theatre.



Black Sabbath - The Ballet|Birmingham Royal Ballet | Choreographers: Pontus Lidberg, Raul Reinoso & Cassi Abranches 

Illegal Dance | UK Tour | Avant Garde Dance

•  Hotel| Birmingham Royal Ballet | Choreographer: Morgann Runacre-Temple

 Black is...| Fubunation | Choreographers: Rhys Denis & Waddah Sinada

• Halfway and Beyond | Opera North | Choreographer: Dane Hurst

West Side Story : Symphonic Dances | Opera North | Choreographer: Dane Hurst

Ebo| Phoenix Dance Theatre | Choreographer: Miguel Altunaga

• Black Waters | Phoenix Dance Theatre | Choreographers: Sharon Watson, Shambik Ghose & Dr. Mitul Sengupta

 Head Above Water| Joss Arnott Dance | Choreographer: Joss Arnott

Khepri| Joss Arnott Dance | Choreographer: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Innocent Children | Northern School of Contemporary Dance | Choreographer: Kristina and Sadé Alleyne

The Sea Tells a Story| Verve Dance Company | Choreographer: Ben Wright

Nothing and Being, Being and Nothing| Laban Theatre | Choreographer: Gary Lambert

99 Moves| Laban Theatre | Choreographer: Zoi Dimitriou

 Sacred Myths (1940's TO 1998) - KARTIKEYA, ASPARA & HIMALYA | Laban Theatre |Choreographer: Uday & Tanusree Shankar

Fim (R&D) | Choreographer: Theo 'TJ' Lowe

Tides | Laban Theatre | Choreographer: Joss Arnott

Hs-Sha| Laban Theatre | Choreographer: Theo 'TJ' Lowe

At the end we begin | Richard Chappell Dance | Choreographer: Richard Chappell

Vanishing Points | Zoi Dimitriou Dance Company | Choreographer: Zoi Dimitriou

Misura | Laban Theatre | Choreographer: Hubert Essakow

Forgery and Imitation | Laban Theatre | Choreographer: Zoi Dimitriou

Debris | Laban Theatre | Choreographer: Stephanie Schober

In the Land of Invented Languages | Laban Theatre | Choreographer: Jessica Wright

Aperture| Kerry Nicholls Dance | Choreographer: Kerry Nicholls

(Im)pulse | Laban Theatre | Choreographer: Dam Van Huynh

Highland Fling (Excerpt) | Choreographer: Matthew Bourne | Original Lighting Design: Paule Constable


Applause| Guildford School of Acting | Dir. Stewart Nicholls

• Company| Guildford School of Acting | Dir. Alison Pollard

My Brother's Keeper | Theatre 503 | Dir. Robert Awosusi

WHO'S HOLIDAY | HOME Theatre, Manchester and Southwark Playhouse, London |Director: Kirk Jameson

Dogs | Liverpool Playhouse Studio | Director: Nathan Powell

Happy Meal | Traverse Edinburgh + UK Tour | Dir. Jamie Fletcher

Smile| Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts | Julia Locascio

2022 Masters' Showcase| Guildford School of Acting

Knot of the Heart| Birmingham Conservatoire | Director: Chris White

Celebrated Virgins| Theatr Clwyd | Director: Eleri B. Jones

As You Like It| Northern Broadsides, UK Tour | Director: Laurie Sansom

Decades: Stories from The City| Leeds Playhouse - all listed below:

The Bodyguard| Director: James Brining

And After We Sailed a Thousand Skies | Director: Sameena Hussain

The Unknown| Director: Amanda Huxtable

Don't You Know It's Going to be Alright| Director: Amy Leach

Nicer Than Orange Squash | Director: Evie Manning

Pie in the Bus Stop - Director: Tess Seddon

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