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Astral Design

Astral Design is an award-winning lighting design company with over 30 years of experience in lighting creative groundbreaking & spectacular events. Since inception as a resource for designers our passion has been for innovative lighting design and unusual creative endeavor, this has ensured that we have been at the forefront of introducing many new technologies into the creative event market and has ensured we have been fortunate enough to have pioneered a number new techniques in theatre performance and events long before they hit the mainstream.

Creative director James Waudby is always seeking exciting new design projects & collaborations with forward-thinking & creative clients wishing to lead in their field, those that wish to create a stunning visual experience for others in unusual environments who are daring in the extreme.

Enchanted forests

Astral Design is widely recognised for their work with forests and landscapes, having been seen at numerous National Trust locations, private estates, stately homes and Forestry Commission sites creating stunning environmental lighting displays. They are one of the pioneers in this lighting genre and boast a creative team that are second to none with over one hundred years of experience between them.


Creative Director James Waudby has always had a keen interest in architecture and has been lighting buildings inside and out since the 1980s. This passion has led his team to light buildings old and new across the country and abroad.

COVID-19 friendly and Socially distanced events

In this current climate we’ve found ourselves drawn into the world of socially distanced events. Since we are very well placed to produce outdoor events and have staff that are very familiar with outdoor shows and promenade theatre, we are getting approached by venues, producers and councils wishing to explore options in order to extend and enable their events to flourish in a more manageable environment for social distancing.

Dare to dream Project

Astral’s Dare to Dream Project was launched in 2015 using Astral’s extensive stock, staff and expertise to help support and facilitate creative endeavour and education where it would otherwise not have been impossible. It’s an important part of our work to educate and to help facilitate artistic and creative endeavour.

Bijou Festival

Bijou Festival is now a separate entity directed at those who choose to produce a much smaller, personalised experience. Bijou Festival has a number of packages that make it simple to produce a micro festival or a festival-style event without stress.

Dare To Dream

Dare To Dream is a project across three continents that mentors and trains young creatives alongside professionals. We currently work across Europe, Africa and Australasia. Here in the UK we actively encourage creativity as facilitator of technical support in situations where it would not otherwise be possible. This is in line with our strong ethic for encouraging innovation and creativity.

Festival and Art

Astral have been active in the festival lighting scene since the 1980’s, there are very few festivals we have not been seen weaving our magic at over the years. Astral Design have pioneered the way in large scale set illumination at festivals and were founding designers at the now legendary Shangri-La at Glastonbury festival

Event Production

Since the very early days at Astral Design full event Production has been a huge part of our remit and our lives. Full Production has underpinned our endeavour and financed our extravagances in creativity. Astral Design have worked extensively in corporate events, awards ceremonies, theatre, live music, weddings and private events at the most prestigious venues.

Dare to dream

The Astral Dare to Dream project was launched in 2015 using Astral’s extensive stock, staff and expertise to help support and facilitate creative endeavour and education where it would otherwise not been impossible.

Dare To Dream has spawned many exiting projects with students and young  people this work has taken us to some outstanding locations to realise productions in collaboration here in the uk and abroad.

The Astral Dare to Dream project also spawned Astral Africa an independent project in Nigeria and is now running as an independent organisation facilitating theatre music and events across Africa. Astral Dare to Dream Project was able produce Mama Africa the musical at the national theatre in Cape Town in 2017, we are planning to bring it to the Uk later post covid  in 2021.


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