I trained at Motley Theatre Design Course, following an English Degree at Oxford. I have designed for venues including The Arcola, The Albany, Hampstead, The Bush, Ovalhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, Soho, Theatre 503, Hackney Empire and Southwark Playhouse (all London), The Watermill (Newbury), The Royal Exchange (Manchester) Glasgow Citizens, Colchester Mercury, LATEA and Here (both in New York), PNCA (Islamabad), The Black Box (Hanoi), Prithvi, Choice and Epicentre (all in India) and WUK (Vienna), as well as various touring shows. There are also some companies with whom I’ve worked over a longer-term: Deafinitely Theatre, Touched Theatre and Shams. I am artistic director of Daedalus Theatre Company, for which I directed pieces including A Place at the Table and Selfish. As co-leader of Scale Project I have made installation-based work across the UK and in Siberia.
I also work as a freelance producer and was until recently working on projects for Apples and Snakes, including producing its strand for SPOKE, a major spoken word programme for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. I have taught at universities including Goldsmiths, London, and NCA, Pakistan, and on numerous youth projects. I’m a trustee (an currently chair) of The King’s Hall Trust for the Arts and a committee member of The Society of British Theatre Designers. I’m also active in Tower Hamlets Green Party.
Over the years, I have played at, sung at and arranged or written music for numerous events, but my main musical focus is now the the Black Smock Band.
A couple of press quotes about my theatre work.
…engrossingly complex and starkly beautiful… Its vision of communities founded on myths as fundamental and sustaining as the land is vividly reflected in director/designer Paul Burgess’s stunning set… Its un-showy cast bring to life with powerful immediacy the stories of those not able to speak for themselves, full of hurt, loss and hope. – Time Out on A Place at the Table
As much an installation as a theatre show, it’s a meditation on how ideas of the self are pieced together in a society where many of the social definitions of identity are fragmenting. …a serious, true and compassionate feeling for the human condition in the image-driven age of Big Brother; and a deep musicality about the expression of that feeling that finally becomes irresistible. – The Scotsman on Selfish
This isn’t my main website, just a presence on WordPress for articles and other writings. My main online presence as a designer is here.
Daedalus Theatre company is here.
Scale Project is here.
The Black Smock Band is here.
My songwriting efforts are on Soundcloud (amongst other places); you can find them here.
And you can get in touch here: