Edward Saunders

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Edward Saunders

Technical Director


Ed is a lighting designer for stage and film. Starting out life in the theatre as a follow-spot operator at the Oxford Playhouse, Ed began lighting shows in black box studios as a student before scaling up to design for a range of venues across the UK and abroad, building a portfolio which includes site-specific work, fringe shows, and international touring productions.

He received a commendation for design from the National Student Drama Festival for his work on Gruffdog Theatre’s critically acclaimed Peer Gynt. Since then, Ed's most notable work has included lighting a touring production of Twelfth Night in Japan, as well as Luke Brown Dance's touring production of For You I Long The Longest, supported by Arts Council England. He recently returned from Kyiv where he lit a showcase of new Ukrainian writing. In 2019, Ed will join the National Dance Company Wales to light their Spring UK tour.

Ed’s design background is in lighting works of physical theatre and storytelling; the desire for vibrancy, dynamism, and playful stagecraft which lies at the heart of this sort of theatre is one which he explores in all his work, and one which has motivated his more recent ventures into opera and dance.

Earlier credits include Lights Over Tesco Car Park (Poltergeist Theatre), Hedda (Peripeteia) at the Oxford Playhouse, a site-specific production of Curlew River at St Bartholomew the Great in London, an international touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (OUDS with Thelma Holt), and productions of Fatzer (Di Trevis), Rhinoceros (Gruffdog) and Ballyturk (Straightface).

https://www.edwardjamessaunders.co.uk/