Listen: Paule Constable on the role of a Lighting Designer
The Les Misérables, War Horse and Royal Opera designer puts her own role into the spotlight.
Lighting designer Paule Constable recently revealed the world of lighting opera and theatre productions as part of an ROH Insights session.
‘If you imagine when you’re first making a show and a director is [working out] how they want to tell a story, they’re obviously going to think very early on about the set and costume designer that they’re going to work with,’ Paule said. ‘How that is seen, how it’s perceived, how it’s brought to life is what the lighting designer does.’
On working on this key aspect of production design, Paule said: ‘There are infinite possibilities with light – it’s very far from arbitrary. We consider every decision we make in a huge amount of detail.’
Paule also spoke about how she got into lighting design: ‘I love the technical side of things, which for many [lighting designers] is our way in. I love climbing ladders and changing gels and playing with light but I also found I really loved what you can do with light in a theatre.’
As well as Royal Opera productions such as Die Zauberflöte, Faust and Le nozze di Figaro, Paule has also designed for a host of other opera companies and theatres. She lit the stage show of War Horse for the National Theatre (and subsequent West End transfer and international tour) and recently worked on a new production of Les Misérables.
Paule was recently nominated for an Opera Award in the lighting category.