HMAS Onslow and HMAS Vampire lighting upgrade

Title: HMAS Onslow and HMAS Vampire lighting upgrade for ‘Action Stations – On Board Experience’ exhibition
Brief: Create immersive and exciting lighting design for existing spaces on the heritage vessels. Additionally in the HMAS Onslow submarine an interactive lighting solution was required for an onboard game. Challenges included extremely limited physical space, limited scope for penetrations and modifications, corrosive and high moisture environment, limited installation time and low power consumption.
Response: We specified and installed a robust low voltage LED system based on Gantom Darklight spot/gobo products and Enttec LED strips. We custom built a modular Arduino solution for interactive lighting control on an area by area basis.
Results: Visiting both vessels is now a noticeably more theatrical experience with a multi-dimensional approach to storytelling evident throughout.
Awards: The Action Stations exhibition (including the on board experience) won the Museums & Galleries of NSW 2016 IMAGinE award for best exhibition in the 11+ staff category.
Action Stations On Board Experience designed and installed by Mod Productions.
Lighting Design – Toby K
Co-Lighting Design – Emma Lockhart-Wilson
Lighting project management – Rob Hughes
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Hissy Fit Development

Images from the development of I Might Blow Up Someday by Hissy Fit. Taken in July 2015 at Studio 1 UNSW.

I might blow up someday utilises the productive qualities of hysteric action, which for centuries, has been considered a physio-psychological phenomenon synonymous with the dissenting, deviant woman’s body.

Hysterical performances over time have been marked by such actions as contorted posturing, repetitive and rhythmic movement, through to induced epileptic seizures. Surviving documentation of these performances bare a strong resemblance to the rhythmic, yet out-of-control, gestures and dance moves associated with punk rock culture, namely headbanging.

The show will premiere this October as part of Performance Spaces Liveworks Festival Of Experimental Art.

This project has been supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts NSW, Bundanon Trust and Creative Practice Lab UNSW.

Hissy fit is Jade Muratore, Emily O’Connor and Nat Randall

Lighting by Toby K


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QL2 – Reckless Valour



DRAMATURG – Paschal Daantos Berry

CHOREOGRAPHERS – Jodie Farrugia, Natalie Cursio, Rowan Marchingo, Fiona Malone and James Batchelor

COMPOSERS – Nicholas Ng, Warwick Lynch, Mark Webber, Luke Tierney and Morgan Hickinbotham

VIDEO DESIGN – WildBear Entertainment


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Psyfari 2015 Launch Party

Psyfari 2015 Launch Party

Decor by the Noisy Chickens
Projection by Optic Soups
Lasers by Chris Gregory
Lighting by Toby K

Psyfari Launch 2015 web-8.jpg

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The Ashgirl

The Ashgirl by Timberlake Wertenbaker. Produced by Kincoppal-Rose Bay School

Directed by Ed Wightman
Set and Costume Design by Imogen Ross
Sound Design by David Stalley
Lighting Design by Toby K

Many thanks to Sport for Jove theatre company, Monkey Baa theatre company and Illawarra Production Services

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Sydney Theatre Awards Win!


Alls Well That Ends Well named best independent lighting design for 2014 at the Sydney Theatre Awards! 

It also took out best independent production and best sound design (Dave Stalley). It was also nominated for best direction (Damien Ryan), best costume design (Antoinette Barbouttis), best stage design (Antoinette Barbouttis) and best actress in a leading role (Francesca Savige).

Congratulations are in order for Sport For Jove, the cast, the crew and the creatives! 

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Sport For Joves Alls Well That Ends Well

Alls Well That Ends Well

By William Shakespeare 


Christopher Stalley, Christopher Tomkinson, Damien Strouthos, Edmund Lembke-Hogan, Eloise Winestock, Francesca Savige, George Banders, James Lugton, Megan Drury, Michael Pigott, Robert Alexander, Robin Goldsworthy, Sam Haft, Sandra Eldridge, Teresa Jakovich

Director – Damien Ryan
Designer – Antoinette Barbouttis
Sound Design/Videography – David Stalley
Fight Director – Kyle Rowling

Lighting Designer – Toby K

OutsideIn 2014


OutsideIn Festival 2014 at Manning Bar, Sydney. 

Produced by Astral People
Projection (Main Stage) Optic Soups
Lighting (Main Stage – Seekae) Eamon Barling

Lighting (Main Stage) Toby K

Psyfari 2014


Psyfari 2014 produced by the Noisy Chickens.

Held in the Capertee Valley, NSW

Visuals (Life Cycle Stage): Optic Soup

Co-lighting design (Main stages): Chris Gregory and Toby K 


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