The Iliad: 2016
by Chris Hannan
Venue: Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
Director: Mark Thomson
Set Designer: Karen Tennent
Costume Designer: Megan Baker
Photos: Drew Farrell
lit with subtlety and vision by Simon Wilkinson
Thom Dibdin, The Stage
Under Simon Wilkinson’s painterly lighting, it all glows with a crepuscular beauty
David Kettle, The Arts Desk
Simon Wilkinson’s lighting design sets time and mood through brilliant use of colour,
Paul F Cockburn, Broadway Baby
Karen Tennent’s wonderful set is instantly visible, with ruined Greek temples encasing RSJs – which occasionally resemble burnished gold under some of Simon Wilkinson’s more painterly lighting effects.
This is not the only magical touch wrought by the combination of design and lighting. The hour is clearly signalled, whether it is the heat and dust of the day, watery sun at dusk or the mysterious blue coolness of the night; there are also moments of breathtaking beauty, right from the sepulchral shafts of light piercing the set as the play opens.
Hugh Simpson, All Edinburgh Theatre