Alex Wardle

Alex Wardle

Senior Consultant

Alex provides planning and consultancy on all aspects of theatre design, specialising in the design of stage lighting and technical access systems.

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With more than 12 years experience in theatre consultancy, Alex has worked on a number of high profile projects including the award-winning Dorfman Theatre at the National Theatre and the new Sadler’s Wells Theatre at London’s Olympic Park.

Alex remains an active lighting designer most recently with the UK tour of Birdsong. In addition he has more than 22 years’ experience as a theatre practitioner, working in the roles of lighting designer, production manager and technical stage manager; including five years as production manager for Kneehigh Theatre.

Alex has taught at Rose Bruford College and contributed to a number of high profile industry publications including ABTT’s ‘Theatre Buildings: A Design Guide’.

Alex’s consultancy work at Charcoalblue includes the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Chichester Festival Theatre, Perth Theatre, the Darlington Hippodrome and neighbouring Hullabaloo Theatre.

Alex and the team on a study tour in Stavanger in 2017.

Alex and Ian discuss a project in the London studio.

Alex commissioning at the Grand Canal.

Alex and Jon perform at the Charcoalblue Christmas party in 2012.

Alex playing in the Winchester Symphony Orchestra under his own lighting (photo: Steve Myers).

What's the greatest lesson you've learnt as a Theatre Consultant?

The best solution is often the simplest: good engineering design is often better than complicated technology.

What first sparked your love of theatre or performing arts?

I started working on productions at University, as an enjoyable social activity: working with great people is still a big part of the appeal. Highlights include directing the UK premiere of a Hindemith opera, and working as a lighting designer at the National Theatre (both one-offs!).

What qualities should a 'great performance space' have?

Excellent connection between audience and performers, with as few intrusions into the space as possible: leaving as much of a blank canvas for the production team as possible.

Alex Wardle
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