About Matthew

However it’s the lighting design of Matthew Swithinbank that brings the set to it’s fullest life. The battle scenes are a master of light and movement creating chilling shadows. The most poignant of scenes are sympathetically lit adding depth to the moments.”
Jennifer Christie (for Brass at The Union Theatre)

…the use of lighting is brilliant, particularly for showing the passage of time and delineating between sequences
Cassandra Griffin (for Kings at New Diorama Theatre)

Matthew Swithinbank’s lighting is very well placed within the piece; it is atmospheric and manages to be wonderfully understated at times, but is also able to punctuate other moments within the piece that are quite powerful.”
Amie Spudge Taylor (for Callisto at Arcola Theatre)

Matthew Swithinbank

Matthew ‘Lux’ Swithinbank is a lighting technician and designer based in London, UK.

Growing up in Luxembourg Matthew took a keen interest in theatre, most notably during his time at the European School there. Whilst living in Luxembourg, Matthew designed the lighting for Jane Eyre at the Mierscher Kulturhaus and Abbaye de Neumunster, and The Devil His Due at FEATS 2011 in Geneva. In 2018, Matthew returned to Luxembourg to design a production of Picnic At Hanging Rock at the Abbaye Neumunster.

During his time studying at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts — from which he graduated with a Ba(Hons) in Technical Theatre in 2013 — Matthew started designing lights for fringe shows, including Palimpsest One at Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate, and Dead Funny at The Old Red Lion in Islington. Since completing his degree, Matthew has worked on a multitude of productions, from plays to musicals, and even one national corporate event tour.

Although theatre lighting is his passion, Matthew also works regularly as a technician on live events, nightclubs and permanent installations.

In 2018, Matthew was nominated for an Off West End Award for his lighting on Brass.

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Current shows

  • Coming soon!

Upcoming shows

  • Violetta, Arcola Theatre, 29th – 31st July, 2019 (Tickets)

 

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Last updated: 14th February 2019