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"We dream the impossible... Then we make it happen"

Paul Smith. Founder


It all started when...

The genesis of Ignition was the early 90's. Paul Smith, the founder of the company and principal designer was at High School, where he had become involved with helping out on the lights for the school shows. Realising that it was apparently a valid excuse for getting out of Physical Education classes. Paul decided this was clearly something that needed pursuing further. Whilst still at school, Paul got involved in the local Am Dram community, where he worked on numerous productions at varying scales. In fact, Paul, and three of his 'colleagues' from the Amateur Dramatics world have all gone on to form successful careers as Lighting Designers. 

After leaving High School, and thanks to Alan Thomson and Peter Marshall, Paul ended up at Theatre Projects / Vari*Lite Production Services, then one of the worlds largest Lighting Companies, where he was able to get hands on with the latest and greatest show technology, and work on some pretty big productions including the Royal Tournament at the now demolished Earls Court, and the Royal Pageant of the Horse in a very water logged Windsor Great Park.

From those early days as a Technician and sweeper of floors, Paul now oversees lighting and visual design for a range of productions ranging from Theatrical Spectaculars on Broadway and at the Sydney Opera House, through to Concert Tours playing the worlds Clubs, Arenas, and Stadiums and even the occasional Theme Park project. 

A brief sampling of some of Paul's recent clients includes:

• Abu Dhabi TV • Audi • Circus 1903 • Dubai TV • Enter Shikari • Ed Sheeran • Ferrari World Abu Dhabi • Foy Vance • Illusionists: Live From Broadway • Illusionists: Turn Of The Century • IndigO2 •Luis De Matos • Michael Ball • Pakistan TV • Rizzle Kicks • Sir Tom Jones • Tinie Tempah • The Walt Disney Company • Under The Bridge •