The Last Five Years
BOOK, MUSIC & LYRICS: Jason Robert Brown
COMPANY: Aria Entertainment & DLAP Group
DIRECTOR: Jonathan O'Boyle
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Leo Munby
CHOREOGRAPHER: Sam Spencer-Lane
SET & COSTUME DESIGNER: Lee Newby
SOUND DESIGNER: Adam Fisher
VENUE: Garrick Theatre, London
OPENING DATE: 23rd September 2021
PHOTOGRAPHER: Helen Maybanks
"Jamie Platt's exquisite, atmospheric lighting design pulls it all together."
"Jamie Platt’s light design succeeds in painting a hauntingly vivid visual palette for the story, aiding the swift transitions in tempo and narrative with sharp light changes."
"Jamie Platt's lighting design becomes crucial in the symbolism. Warm, welcoming hues cascade over Jamie as he falls head over heels for Cathy, who in turn starts off inundated by the cold tones of separation until the shades are reversed. As it goes on, the subsequent amalgamation of the colours becomes a fundamental visual code that speaks for their journeys and different stages in life... The collision between Jamie's freezing cold lighting and Cathy's warm tint intensifies the final separation between them, circling them back to the very start."
"Jonathan O'Boyle's ingenious direction, coupled with Jamie Platt's excellent lighting, sets everything on and around a grand piano inexorably revolving as the clock ticks on the relationship."
"Everything is as it was before, but elevated. The blue lanterns that seemed impressively suffocating at the Southwark now tower above the stage, still rotating and alternating their power (rather like the way in which the show switches between protagonists) in Jamie Platt's beautiful light design"
"The excellent lighting design by Jamie Platt helps with the stark difference in tone, the start of their relationship lit in gold, bright and sunny while the end strikes a more somber tone with dark oppressive blues. In the middle stages we get more varied tones, with lurid pinks and greens accompanying songs like Jamie’s comedic ‘A Miracle Would Happen’. Much like shows such as If/Then and Our House, differing timelines are a tricky thing to show on stage, but the lighting did an excellent job of showing where we were at any point and really added to the feel."
"Terrific lighting by Jamie Platt."
"Special mention of the lighting design by Jamie Platt which works in perfect union, with the deceptively simple set design by Lee Newby, from the dazzling opening, to the quieter moments in the show."
"Contrasting with her [Molly Lynch's] plangent, blue-lit laments at the start, Higginson’s Jamie is seen gleaming and gung-ho under golden lighting."
'Jamie Platt’s gorgeously soft and haunting lighting design actually enhances the signs of the cracks in the relationship from the very start particularly during ‘Still Hurting’ and towards the end during ‘Nobody Needs to Know’."
"It would be churlish not to also mention Jamie Platt, whose lighting adds so much to the production."
"Lee Newby's set... is lit with painterly panache and precision by Jamie Platt. The stage morphs from glitzy to stark in the blink of a tear-filled eye. It looks utterly gorgeous."