Press


TREE

“Duncan McLean conjures the landscape in light, throwing swirling sunsets and ember-like stars onto the woven screen that encircles Jon Bausor’s open space”
Variety

“Duncan McLean’s imaginative projections add to the hallucinogenic atmosphere”
The Times

“With the aid of Jon Bausor’s design and Duncan McLean’s projection giving us vista of the veld, the show offers a kaleidoscopic spectacle”
The Guardian

“It unfurls under the huge ring suspended from the ceiling that plays host to Duncan McLean’s impressive projection work.”
TimeOut

“Designers Jon Bausor, Jon Clark, Paul Arditti and Duncan McLean create a phantasmagorical, evolving landscape”
WhatsOnStage

“Video projections achieve a kaleidoscopic sense of big skies, fire flies and more”
The Telegraph

“Projections on the circular, woven matting above are vivid and compelling”
Metro

“Duncan McLean’s projection is spectacular. An enormous circular wicker structure is lit by ever-changing projection suggesting location from airport to village to big city”
The Reviews Hub

CITY OF ANGELS

Projections to die for from Duncan McLean”
TimeOut

“Robert Jones’s crisp grey scale design, artfully lit by Duncan McLean’s colourful projections, match them for class”
Variety

The production looked an absolute treat with its greyscale and technicolor clashes through Duncan McLean and Howard Harrison’s designs”
WhatsOnStage

Duncan McLean’s video imagery bisects the stage into real and celluloid worlds”
The Arts Desk

“Clever projections by also make type written words dance across the piles of scripts that look at the back of the stage”
Best of Theatre

“The video projection work from Duncan McLean is superb with screenplay-style typeface scene descriptions and move credits ending”
Victoria Sadler

PRIVACY

“Duncan McLean adroitly conjures a world in what we see in tiny screens seems to grow into three dimensions”
New York Times

“Those who go along are likely to find their faces projected (through the design wizardry of Duncan McLean) onto the giant screen with its ominous backdrop of row upon row of thumbprints”
Variety

“Duncan McLean has done an amazing job on this show. The back of stage is covered with projections of human fingerprints and over it, search engines, maps and social media are flashed up, dramatizing the all-seeing eye”
Huffington Post

“Duncan McLean‘s artful and useful projection design, and a kind of trickster theatrically”
DC Theatre Scene

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ALL MY SONS

“Duncan McLean’s ghostly opening sequence channel-hops from retro home movies on well-cut lawns to drive-by panning shots of fresh green trees and recently built wooden homes”
Variety

“Duncan McLean’s video design is very effective and all the more impactful for being sparsely used”
View from the Circle

MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE

“Duncan McLean’s video design is incredibly touching given the action that unfolds”
Broadway World

BIG FISH

“Atmospheric projections impressively set the scenes”
Mark Shenton

“The design team, Tom Rogers, Bruno Poet and Duncan McLean, transform the tiny stage with flair and invention”
WhatsOnStage

Add Duncan McLean’s wonderful projections into the mix and this story takes on a magical quality”
British Theatre

“Duncan McLean’s projections are dazzling, transforming the hospital into a field of daffodils”
The 730 Review

LABOUR OF LOVE

“Jeremy Herrin’s propulsive productive with Duncan McLean‘s video and projections helping to set the changing times”
Mark Shenton

“The design is excellent, Duncan McLean makes full use of footage presented on the front cloth and TVs”
Johnny Fox

MATTHEW BOURNE’S CINDERELLA

“The set dazzles in the third act, with the assistance of Duncan McLean’s projection creating some of the most realistic rain ever seen onstage”
EW

“The Projection Design was excellent”
Broadway World

MATTHEW BOURNE’S THE RED SHOES

“Stark grey arches with effective monochrome projections by Duncan McLean locate this part of the work in the realm of fantasy”
The Times

“The wow-factor gets pretty overwhelming with projected windscapes, starscapes and other effects designed by Duncan McLean enhancing the ordeals imposed by those demonic slippers”
LA Times

Mr Bourne’s choreography combines with Duncan McLean’s projections to head-spinning effect as the show reaches its devastating climax”
Economist

“Judicious projection design by Duncan McLean, providing ghostly elements”
Wall Street Journal

Duncan McLean’s projections provide an eerily ethereal backdrop to Bourne’s interpretation of the fairytale”
Jonathan Baz

THE TEMPEST

“The pageant of spirits that Prospero conjures to celebrate his daughter’s nuptials is here rendered as an airborne ballet of white balloons, onto which are projected an eloquent series of images”
New York Times

“Duncan McLean makes Prospero’s magic a reality when images are projected on large balloons as part of a wedding gift”
Theater Mania

THE BODYGUARD

“Duncan McLean’s stirring projections”
WhatsOnStage

“Duncan McLean’s expansive video projections”
Hollywood Reporter

Duncan McLean’s video design plays a vital role in the success of the evening”
Musical Theatre Review

“The video designs of Duncan McLean add a heightened touch to the visual and aural effects of the show’s other designers
Out in Jersey

“A mention must also be made for the projection design by Duncan McLean. It’s not over used, but when it is, it’s flawless”
Pocketsize Theatre

ONE LOVE

“The projection designed by Duncan McLean compliments the action well an is an integral part of the design”
The Reviews Hub

“Duncan McLean’s projection seamlessly creating a textured setting to the Jamaican heritage. There are some striking moments which effectively contextualise the reality of 1950s Jamaican conflict”
Love Midlands Theatre

SHREK THE MUSICAL

“Duncan McLean does fine work with projection designs, adding effective dimension to the staging”
Theatre Shelf

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OTHER PRODUCTIONS

INSIDE WAGNER’S HEAD
“A backdrop projects a vast photograph of Wagner’s face, immortalised in marble in Bayreuth, which intermittently melts into video. The designer, Duncan McLean, has done a good job on this”
The Telegraph

THE PHLEBOTOMIST
“Duncan McLean’s smart, funny video design helps fill in the context of the world well”
The Stage

DEATHTRAP
“The excellent video work from Duncan McLean segues in scenes from classic thriller movies during the set changes”
Victoria Sadler