Category Archives: Lighting Design


by Lionel Bart
Lighting Design: Jon Primrose
Set Design: Becky Hawkins
Directors: Rachel Vowles, John Whitehead

Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Ten by Pinter

April-October 1999
Two’s Company
Ten by Pinter
featuring A Kind of Alaska
by Harold Pinter
Touring : London, Guildford, Mold, Barnet, Trowbridge, Taunton, Abergavenny, Darlington, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Edinburgh Fringe (3 weeks), Massachussets International Festival of the Arts (Springfield, MA., 1 week)
Featuring : Kay Adshead, Jim Barclay, Bill Monks, Mary Ryder, Tricia Thorns, Martyn Whitby
Lighting Design : Jon Primrose
Set Design : Ruth Paton
Director : John Joe Turner

Far from the Madding Crowd

at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter.

Photo © Marc Hill, Apex

Photo © Marc Hill, Apex

“Thomas Hardy’s greatest, most inspirational novel, brought to the stage by a company with an enviable reputation for dramatising classic works of fiction.
Bathsheba Everdene arrives in the village of Weatherbury to take charge of the dilapidated estate that she has inherited. A proud and independent young woman, but still ignorant in the ways of the country, her fate becomes entwined with three men, any of whom could bring salvation or disaster: the dashing young cavalry officer Sergeant Troy, her wealthy and powerful neighbour Squire Boldwood, and the quiet, dependable farmer Gabriel Oak.
Bathsheba’s relationships with each of these men leads her on a turbulent journey from innocence to experience in the first of Hardy’s great Wessex sagas.”

Lighting Design : Jon Primrose
Set Design : Sarah Williamson
Directed by : John Durnin and Gillian King
Devised by the company

Performances 28th August – 20th September 1997 at 7.30pm (8.00pm on Saturday)


Far from the Madding Crowd is a funny, moving and powerful play and anyone wanting to see how literary adaptation should be done should go to Exeter immediately. No previous knowledge of Thomas Hardy is required.”
The Independent 2nd September 1997

“…another faultless production. Novel adaptations are becoming a quality trademark for the Northcott Theatre.”
Western Morning News

UnExpected Festival

Unexpected 2013 Logo15-22 September 2013

A festival consisting of new and/or unusual events in ‘unexpected’ locations, all happening during one week in Exeter.

Jon acted as production manager, technical manager and lighting designer for two of the events, in contrasting locations.

Additional crew: Nick Slater, Josh Lucas.

Wet Sounds

A multimedia installation in Exeter’s Pyramids swimming pool, with audio by sound artist Joel Cahan, and lighting & sound system design by Jon Primrose.

Wet Sounds event at the Exeter Pyramids pool

Wet Sounds event at the Exeter Pyramids poolThe Last Supper

The Last Supper

A re-staging of the existing piece The Last Supper by Reckless Sleepers involved a simple unobtrusive lighting rig, with additional design and operation by Nick Slater. The location, Exeter’s historic Guildhall, meant that a minimal lighting design was necessary, without excessive equipment visible.

Other UnExpected Events:

Circus event in Southernhay, by Circomedia of Bristol, during the UnExpected Festival. Photo by Jon Primrose

Circus event in Southernhay, by Circomedia of Bristol, during the UnExpected Festival. Photo by Jon Primrose

Seneca’s Oedipus

adapted by Ted Hughes

“Thirty years on from the original National Theatre production, Ted Hughes’ thrilling version of Seneca’s Oedipus has lost none of its power to shock and disturb.
Using a dramatic verse of characteristic richness and intensity, this unique re-telling of the Oedipus myth will be Artistic Director John Durnin’s final production for the Northcott.”

Northcott Theatre, Exeter.
Performances 26th March – 11th April 1998
Lighting Design : Jon Primrose
Set Design & Direction : John Durnin

A really pleasing result here. My first really stylised design, a good communication with the set designer/director enabled me to establish the look of the show early on, and work through the rehearsal process with it in mind. The more stylised moments in the piece were highlighted with strong beams, while real firelight provided a beautiful earthy quality. The chorus were sharply crosslit on the climbing poles upstage of the set. A hazer was used throughout the show, and for about 30 minutes before the show started to ensure the atmosphere was thick with haze.


Creon / Phorbas / Chorus  SEAN HANNAWAY
Tiresius / Messenger / Chorus  MICHAEL VAUGHAN
Manto / Slave / Chorus  CHARLOTTE McDOUGALL


Director and Designer JOHN DURNIN
Lighting Designer JON PRIMROSE


Northanger Abbey

at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter.
October 1996

Lighting Design : Jon Primrose
Set Design : Kit Surrey
Directed by : John Durnin
by Jane Austen, adapted by Cathy Turner

Tin Pan Ali

April 2002
Northcott Young Company

Music by David Nield
Book & Lyrics by Jeremy James Taylor

Lighting Design: Jon Primrose
Set Design: Becky Hawkins
Directed by Rachel Vowles
Choreographed by John Whitehead
Musical Director Paul McClure

Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Bouncers by John Godber

Northcott Theatre, Exeter
February 1999

Lighting Design : Jon Primrose
Set Design : Becky Hawkins
Director : Ben Crocker

The Exeter Riddles

Outdoor performance at Belmont Park, Exeter on Saturday 23 February 2013

Jon acted as Technical Director and Lighting Designer

Artistic Director: Ian Smith, Mischief La Bas
Production Design: Ewan Hunter
Projection Design: Sumit Sarkark
Technical Director / Lighting Design: Jon Primrose
Site Manager: Dave Blencowe
Stage Manager: Paul Harvey
Pyrotechnics: Mandy Dike

Sound system: Puxley Ltd.
Additional Lighting: GLS
Staging: Sound Events
Scaffold Structure: Isca Scaffolding, Exeter

Amadeus by Peter Shaffer

Northcott Theatre, Exeter
September 1994
Lighting Design : Jon Primrose
Set Design : Kit Surrey
Director : Tim Carroll