Biography

Grahame Gardner (Lighting Designer)

Born in Glasgow, Grahame studied at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh and at the University of Rochester, New York. As former Chief Electrician for Scottish Ballet, he designed lighting for many shows including Sonata In Time, Scotch Symphony, Who Cares?, Prisoners, Cheri, Carmen, and Esprit. Other dance designs include Rite of Spring for Ulster Youth Dance; Song of Songs for Scottish Dance Theatre; One Crowded Hour, The Bright-Eyed Mariner, The Winter Room for Tabula Rasa. For Company Chordelia,  Grahame has designed lighting for Cinderella Pilot Error, Les Amoureux, Cabaret Chordelia, Miranda and Dance Derby (with Scottish Opera).

 Operas include The Seven Deadly Sins for Scottish Opera (with Company Chordelia), The Loving of Etain and An Turus for Paragon Ensemble, and The Magic Flute, Falstaff and Hansel & Gretel for AIYF Opera Garden. Other music theatre work includes Cryptic’s Black Over Red and Each…And Every Inch, The Musical Seminar, RITE, Glassworks and Torque for Paragon Ensemble, Private Dancer for Janice Parker, and JUMP! For National Theatre of Scotland. Grahame is also Associate Lighting Designer for Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake.

As Technical Director, Grahame has worked withTabula Rasa, Company Chordelia, Claire Cunningham, and Dancebase during the Edinburgh Festival;  he was also Production Manager for Junk Ensemble’s 2014 UK tour of The Falling Song and Errol White Company’s Breathe.

His other interests include dowsing and geomancy, and he was President of The British Society of Dowsers from 2008-2014.