Former Perse student lights up creative arts workshop
27 Jan 2020
George Lawton (2016) returned to The Perse to shine a light on his career with creative arts students.
He spoke to the Creative Mentors group about his work as a lighting designer with Imagination, an international agency specialising in producing ‘experiences’ for major events and corporate clients.
George told the students he had known for a long time that he wanted to pursue a career in lighting design, having relished getting involved in the technical side of Perse drama productions.
He said: “When I was in Year 8, I had a mentor in the Sixth Form who taught me a lot about sound and lighting in theatre and that piqued my interest. I enjoyed the acting side as well, but it was always lighting design that I wanted to follow.”
After leaving The Perse, George studied lighting design at Rose Bruford College, a prestigious London drama school, before joining Imagination just six months ago.
Having previously worked almost exclusively on theatrical lighting, George said his new post had seen him taking on a variety of projects, including corporate events and car shows. However, he explained: “Lighting design is very similar across all disciplines. Whether it’s for music, architecture, theatre or something else, you’re trying to create an ambience and emotion. Seeing projects come to life is the best bit of my job.”
George outlined how the Imagination lighting team come up with ideas through drawing sketches and creating mood boards with evocative imagery, using the example of an electric car simulator ride project he had recently worked on. He rounded off the session by challenging students to create their own mood boards for the car simulator project and was impressed by their imaginative efforts.