We have a brilliant team who work ‘behind the scenes’ to make sure our events, shows and concerts happen smoothly whilst looking and sounding great!
Ricky began his theatrical career at the tender age of ten when he starting helping at Rushden Amateur Operatic Society, learning how to build sets from scratch.
Since then, he’s worked on a wide range of shows with Team Eventex for Wellingborough Operatic, Wellingborough Panto, Kilburn School of Dance and other local societies, starting as crew and climbing the ranks to Stage Management. These shows have offered him great opportunities to learn more skills and most recently he was invited to be trained to fly actors for The Wizard of Oz, just before the pandemic.
In 2006, Ricky joined Sharnbrook Mill Theatre to assist with set building – he’s had the joy of building plain and simple sets plus more technically challenging designs including the lift for Thoroughly Modern Millie and the water feature in The Secret Garden but his proudest moment was (almost!) single-handedly building the multi-level set for Wyrd Sisters.
In 2019, Ricky was asked to be Lighting Designer for Wait Until Dark and since then has designed The Railway Children, Daisy Pulls It Off, Duets and The Last 5 Years… and for anyone who doesn’t already know, he won (with the help of Mark Luckin) NODA’s Best Technical Award for the appearance of the train in the 2019 production of The Railway Children!
In December 2021, Ricky was Production Stage Manager, Lighting Designer and Set Builder for the multi-award winning Once Upon A Christmas Song.
When Ricky isn’t creating theatre with Standing In The Wings, he can be found designing, building and delivering X-Country jumps and fencing for his business R S Jumps.
Reviews for Ricky’s Lighting Designs:
Lighting designed by Ricky Johnson and operated by ‘The Standing In The Wings’ Technical Team was very efficient and certainly kept the crew busy – A Man of No Importance (Sharnbrook Mill Theatre, March 2023)
The excellent lighting was once again in the capable hands of Ricky Johnson – Nativity, The Musical (Sharnbrook Mill Theatre, November 2022)
The lighting was simple, but worked very well…the lights were used to mimic the sun rising and setting – which also assisted showing the passing of time… – The Deep Blue Sea (Swan Theatre Company, November 2022)
Ricky Johnson’s lighting design…faultlessly highlighted each acting area as required – The Last Five Years (Sharnbrook Mill Theatre, April 2022)
Sound and light by Mark Luckin and Ricky Johnson set each static set perfectly – Duets (Sharnbrook Mill Theatre, October 2022)
As near to technical perfection as is possible – Once Upon A Christmas Song (Sharnbrook Mill Theatre, December 2021)
Lighting designed by Ricky Johnson…gave us all the appropriate washes and scenic atmosphere – Daisy Pulls It Off (Sharnbrook Mill Theatre, March 2021)
Lighting by Ricky Johnson gave exactly the right wash to enhance this idyllic summer country scene – Entertaining Angels (Sharnbrook Mill Theatre, September 2019)
Lighting was the intriguing bit and was, in fact, rather cleverly done by Ricky Johnson. The initial gloom for the opening scene as the three mystery figures enter the apartment set the scene well and shadows created from the single desk lamp, the eerie street lamp through the blinds of the kitchen window, through to the final fridge-only illumination all drew one into the tension and atmosphere. In fact, when the lights in the apartment were first switched on it took a moment or two to overcome a false feeling that it was too bright. Neat job guys. – Wait Until Dark (Sharnbrook Mill Theatre, March 2019)
Mark is an experienced Sound Designer and Engineer working with local bands, small festivals and events. He is also Resident Sound Designer at Sharnbrook Mill Theatre. His first play was Wait Until Dark, in Spring 2019. Since then, he’s also designed sound for the Canadian folk duo Madison Violet, and the productions Daisy Pulls it Off, The Railway Children, Duets, Once Upon A Christmas Song, The Last Five Years and Nativity The Musical. For TATS, he designed the sound for Oklahoma!
Sound by Mark Luckin was mainly very well balanced between dialogue and my aging ears ‘bête noir,’ underscoring! Not easy to do, so well done. – A Man of No Importance (Sharnbrook Mill Theatre, March 2023)
Mark Luckin (Sound) [was] on top form again with some very slick changes adding to the comedic effect with such tricks as in the aforementioned non stop telephone. – The 39 Steps (Sharnbrook Mill Theatre, June 2022)
And what a pleasure the sound was. It was crystal, the balance was spot on and we could hear every word. Quite important in a play where it’s the song lyrics that tell the story. Nice one Mark! – The Last Five Years (Sharnbrook Mill Theatre, April 2022)
Standing In The Wings is pleased to work with several local theatrical companies to enhance their offerings through kit and personnel.
We regularly work alongside: