We’re shining the spotlight on Tom Barge, a talented member of our Lighting Programme cohort of 23/24, as their lighting design took centre stage in The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s production of “A Very Expensive Poison” at the Circomedia in Bristol recently.

An explosive, inventive play about the radioactive murder of ex-FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006. A former Russian intelligence officer turned vocal Putin critic, was granted asylum in Britain – but his outspoken opposition would prove fatal. Seen profoundly through the eyes of Litvinenko’s grieving wife Marina, award-winning playwright Lucy Prebble untangles the events of a shocking assassination on British soil, based on Luke Harding’s gripping novel.

Equipped with a range of equipment supported by our Lighting Programme, Tom brought the production to life with finesse. From the Mac Encore Performance and Quantum Wash to the Chauvet Colorado Solo Battens and RUSH Pars, the equipment provided enabled every scene to glow. Witnessing the impact of our Lighting Programme on our students fills us with immense pride. With a steadfast dedication to nurturing both creativity and technical prowess, we eagerly anticipate the continued success of our cohort 23/24 as they flourish throughout the year.

“This creative production took a serious story to another level, supported by Tom’s imaginative and strong lighting design, comments Ruari Cormack, Business Development Manager.

Inspired by Tom’s story, applications for 24/25 cohort are now open, apply here.

Photo Credit: Craig Fuller