Simon Daw, Director/Designer

Simon designs set, costume and video for theatre and dance productions and creates video and performance installation works for galleries and for the public realm. Commissions include his interactive web/performance piece Wave Structures presented at the Aldeburgh Festival, his video/performance work Sea House (Aldeburgh Festival & Venice Biennale) and Hopefully it means nothing… (Aldeburgh Festival & National Theatre).

As co-director of the arts company Scale Project, Simon created an ambitious investigation into the New Towns Movement resulting in a site-specific performance using the former Town Hall in Harlow, Essex inspired by the stories of the Town’s first residents. This work became the inspiration for further performances at The Arches, Glasgow and in a nuclear bunker in Novosibirsk, Siberia (supported by the British Council).

In collaboration with Zoe Svendsen, Simon worked with the Peruvian company LOT Teatro and UK based artists (supported by the New Wolsey Theatre) which culminated in a performance at Bentwaters airbase in Suffolk.

Simon’s set and costume designs for theatre include Triple Bill: Dna/Baby Girl/The Miracle and The Enchantment (Cottesloe, National Theatre), Lost Monsters (Liverpool Everyman), Romeo And Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe), Fast Labour (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Hampstead Theatre), Dolls (National Theatre Scotland, Tramway, Glasgow), Julius Caesar (Guildhall School of Music & Drama), kebab (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs & Dublin International Festival), Elling (Bush & West End), French Without Tears (ETT), Not The Love I Cry For (Arcola), Aladdin And The Enchanted Lamp based on Philip Pullman’s book at the Bristol Old Vic, Jackets (Young Vic/Theatre 503), The Bodies by Peter Flannery (Live Theatre, Newcastle), Rutherford And Son (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Tall Phoenix by Chris O’Connell (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Romeo And Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford and the Albery), Adam And Eve (TPT, Tokyo), six plays for the Imprint Young Writers Festival (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs), Astronaut (Theatre O, Barbican Pit and UK Tour), Rafts And Dreams and Across Oka (Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester), Relatively Speaking, The Witches, Everyman and Habeas Corpus (Northampton Theatres), Under The Curse and Tragedy: A Tragedy (Gate Theatre).

Recent design for dance includes Bloom choreographed by Aletta Collins for Rambert Dance Company and The Stepfather choreographed by Arthur Pita for Candoco.

Supported by the National Theatre Studio, Simon has led workshops exploring the use of reactive technology and performance with particular emphasis on motion tracking, wearable sensors and online data mining.

Simon studied Fine Art at Winchester School of Art and Glasgow School of Art followed by a Postgraduate Degree at Motley Theatre Design Course, London.

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