SDTN Online with Vanishing Point

SDTN Online with Vanishing Point

Friday 1st May 2020



Technical Theatre, production Arts and Design students are invited to join Matthew Lenton Artistic Director, Kenneth MacLeod Designer and Simon Wilkinson Lighting Designer to hear about how they met and work together when creating a project. This 1 hour session on Zoom will allow students to find out about the artists own individual pathways into the industry, get tips and advice on finding employment and the skills required to do the job. There will be a chance for students to ask questions to support their studies.

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Matthew Lenton

Director / Artistic Director of Vanishing Point

Matthew is the founder and artistic director of Vanishing Point. His work with Vanishing Point has been performed across Europe, South America, Russia, Asia and China. Recent productions include: The Dark Carnival: Unplugged, The Dark Carnival (in collaboration with the Glasgow band A New International, in co-production with the Citizens Theatre and in association with Dundee Rep) Tabula Rasa (a co-production with Scottish Ensemble based on the music of Arvo Part), Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Lliam Paterson’s The 8th Door (Scottish Opera and Vanishing Point), The Destroyed Room (Edinburgh International Festival), Interiors (Edinburgh International Festival/Theatre de la Ville Paris/FIBA Buenos Aires/Napoli Teatro Festival Italia/Stanislavsky Festival Moscow/Santiago A Mil Chile/BOZAR Brussels, Brighton Festival/New Classics of Europe Festival, Lodz/Shanghai Grand Theatre, National Theatre of Korea); Tomorrow (Brighton Festival/Cena Contemporanea Festival, Brasilia/Stanislavsky Festival, Moscow/Hangzhou Westbrook International Arts Festival, China) and The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler (National Theatre of Scotland/Brighton Festival).

Recent work outside Vanishing Point includes 1984 (Emilia Romagna Teatro/CSS Udine/Teatro Bonci Cesena/Teatro Bellini Napoli), Charlie Sonata by Douglas Maxwell (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh), The Merchant of Venice (National Theatre of Kosovo), Striptease and Out at Sea (FIT Festival, Lugano), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh), Mister Holgado (Unicorn Theatre, London) and Home (National Theatre of Scotland).

In 2010, Matthew became the first British director of the Ecole des Maîtres, a masterclass for young actors from across Europe presented in Udine, Napoli, Brussels, Rheims and Lisbon. Matthew teaches regularly at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he sees his work with students as a crucial part of his own continued learning experience. Productions at RCS include Middletown by Will Eno, Circle of Fifths by Szymona Bogacza, Dracula by Liz Lochead, Roberto Zucco by Bernard Marie Koltes, The Visit by Friedrich Durrenmatt and Ivanov by Anton Chekhov.


Kenneth MacLeod


Recent design credits include The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (Faena Miami / Unigram) Spring Awakening, Chess, Cabaret, West Side Story (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), Money Makes The World Go Round, Echoes In The Night, The Outsider (Carnival/Cunard), The Return, Not About Heroes (Eden Court Theatre), Oor Wullie, The Yellow On The Broom, The Maids (Dundee Rep), The Dark Carnival (Vanishing Point/Citizens Theatre) (Nominated: Best Design, Critics Award for Theatre Scotland, 2019), Bright Young Things, Time & Motion (National Youth Ballet) Rapunzel, Chick Whittington (MacRobert Arts Centre) Kes (Perth Theatre). Associate Design work includes Flight (Vox Motus/Edinburgh International Festival).

Kenneth is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He also studied Scenic Design & Immersive Themed Entertainment at The California Institute Of The Arts.

Simon Wilkinson

Lighting Designer

Previously for Vanishing Point, Simon designed the lighting for The Dark Carnival

Recent international touring highlights include Robert Lepage and Ex Machina’s production of The Magic Flute for the Quebec City Opera Festival; Vox Motus’s Flight; Tortoise in a Nutshell’s Feral and Traverse Theatre and Red Bridge Arts’ Black Beauty.

Simon is a regular collaborator with Vox Motus (Flight, Dragon, The Infamous Brothers Davenport, The Not-So-Fatal-Death of Grandpa Fredo, Bright Black, Slick) and Magnetic North (Lost in Music, Our Fathers, Kora, Sex and God, Pass the Spoon, Wild Life and After Mary Rose).

Other recent designs include The Season (Royal & Derngate); The Panopticon and Interference (National Theatre of Scotland); Crocodile Fever, Meet Me at Dawn, Letters to Morrissey, Grain in the Blood and Tracks of the Winter Bear (Traverse Theatre); Glory on Earth, The Iliad, The Weir, The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe, Hedda Gabler, The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh); Knives in Hens (Perth Theatre)

Simon has won the Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland for Best Design three times – for Flight in 2018, Black Beauty in 2017 and Bondagers in 2015.

Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point is Scotland’s foremost artist-led independent theatre company, internationally recognised and acclaimed for its distinctive, ground-breaking and visionary work. Our mission is to create world class, international theatre, led by director Matthew Lenton.

Established in 1999, the Company has developed an international reputation for creating bold and ambitious performances that are visceral, visual and entertaining. We explore our contemporary society through a unique lens of abstraction, imagery and text, creating worlds that resemble our own, but are magical and sometimes surreal. We produce highly visual, multimedia theatre infused with haunting poetic visions.

Our work has been created and performed in over 20 countries with leading international festivals and venues, including Edinburgh International Festival, Buenos Aires International Festival, The National Theatre Company of Korea, Shanghai International Mime Festival, Santiago A Mil, BOZAR Arts (Brussels), Theatre de la Ville (Paris), Stanislavsky Season Festival (Moscow), National Theatre of Portugal (Porto) and Brighton Festival.

Previous work includes The Dark Carnival: Unplugged (2019), The Dark Carnival (2019), in collaboration with Glasgow band A New International, in co-production with Citizens Theatre and in association with Dundee Rep, Tabula Rasa (2017), a co-production with Scottish Ensemble, Bluebeard’s Castle and The 8th Door (2017), a co-production with Scottish Opera, The Destroyed Room and Interiors, presented as a double-bill of work as part of the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival, The Destroyed Room (2016), a co-production with Battersea Arts Centre (London); Tomorrow (2014/15), a co-production with Brighton Festival, Cena Contemporanea (Brasilia), Tramway (Glasgow) and the Stanislavsky Season Festival (Moscow) and The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler (2014/15), a co-production with National Theatre of Scotland.

Photo Credit Mihaela Bodlovic

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