Biography

Paul is a scenographer working across set, costume and audio-visual practices, sometimes crossing into installation and other visual art forms. He trained at Motley following a a degree in English at Oxford. 


Since then he has designed numerous shows for venues including in the UK: The Arcola; The Albany; Hampstead; Battersea Arts Centre; The Bush; Shakespeare’s Globe; Soho; Theatre 503; Hackney Empire; The Pleasance, London and Edinburgh;  Southwark Playhouse; Park Theatre, The Watermill, Newbury; The Royal Exchange, Manchester; Glasgow Citizens’; Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; Colchester Mercury; and Birmingham Rep. Work abroad includes designs for: Teatro LATEA, New York; Here, New York; Pakistan National Council of Arts; The Black Box in Hanoi, and WUK in Vienna, as well as touring to Prithvi in Mumbai, Choice in Cochin, Epicentre in Delhi. UK touring projects including shows for Apples and Snakes, Deafinitely Theatre, Touched Theatre and Shams Theatre.


As a director-designer, with a particular interest in the role scenography can play at the heart of the theatre-making process, he led devising of three pieces for Daedalus Theatre Company, of which he is also artistic director: A Place at The Table (Camden People’s Theatre), Selfish (The Arches, Glasgow; Camden People’s Theatre), Out of Nothing (The Junction, Cambridge). He also led the creation of Rang (National College of Arts, Pakistan) and co-led projects in the UK and Siberia for Scale Project, including a residency in a nuclear bunker in Novosibirsk.


He has taught at National College of Arts, Pakistan, as well as various UK universities, including Goldsmiths, Queen Mary, St Marys', Kingston, Edgehill and Central School of Speech and Drama. He has worked extensively in youth arts, including five years with the Hertfordshire-based mixed ability arts group Youth CREATE. He is also an Associate Artist at Queen Mary, University of London.


As a producer he has run many projects for Daedalus and also worked as a freelance projects producer for Apples and Snakes, where his biggest project was SPOKE, an ambitious programme of spoken word performances, workshops and other events for East London as part of the London 2012 Olympic Legacy. He is also on the committee of The Society of British Theatre Designers.


He has also written and arranged music for theatre but his main musical focus is now The Black Smock Band, with which he plays the fiddle and, occasionally, the saw.


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There's also a Wordpress site where Paul posts articles.


Working at Camden People's Theatre (photo: Usman Saeed)


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