Photograph from Peer Gynt - lighting design by Edward Saunders
Photographer: Leonie Rideout | From the show Peer Gynt
Photograph from War is my Condition - lighting design by Edward Saunders
War is my Condition | Photographer: Christian Cunningham | From the show War is my Condition
Photograph from Бомба/Bomb - lighting design by Edward Saunders
Photographer: Artem Galkin | From the show Бомба/Bomb
Photograph from Hedda - lighting design by Edward Saunders
Photographer: Luke Wintour | From the show Hedda
Photograph from Twelfth Night - lighting design by Edward Saunders
From the show Twelfth Night
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Edward Saunders

 

 

www.edwardjamessaunders.co.uk

 

 

Ed is a artist-designer and relighter.

 

His practice investigates light as a narrative vehicle, as a cue for the suspension of disbelief; across dance, opera, theatre, and cross-arts events, he works with light to frame and tell stories.

 

Much of Ed's work is for site-specific projects. He is Technical Director of Ante Terminum, a collaborative live-arts company that partners with artists from different disciplines to create performances in unique spaces.

 

Ed was represented by the Society of British Theatre Designers at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space.

 

He is the recipient of a Commendation for Design from the National Student Drama Festival.

 

Ed is based in London.

 

 

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).

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
Cowpuncher My Ass Dance Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre Lighting Designer Choreographer: Holly Blakey
Feb 2020
Bedlam Theatre CLF Art Cafe Theatre
From The Mill Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Tom Hodson
Set designer: Edward Saunders
Nov 2019
Marriage of Kim K Musical Lowry Studio, then touring
leo&hyde
Lighting Designer Director: Franciska Ery
Set designer: Caitlin Mawhinney
Nov 2019
War is my Condition Dance The Brunel Museum
Ante Terminum Productions
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Kat Collings
Aug 2019, Sep 2019
War is my Condition Dance The Brunel Museum
Ante Terminum Productions
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Kat Collings
Aug 2019, Sep 2019
Stimmung Opera Pathology Museum, St Bartholomew's Hospital
Ante Terminum Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Peter Thickett
Feb 2019
Пісня/Song Theatre IZONE
Театр переселенця/Theatre of Displaced People
Lighting Designer Director: Piotr Armianovski
Dec 2018
Бомба/Bomb Theatre IZONE
Театр переселенця/Theatre of Displaced People
Lighting Designer Director: Daisy Hayes
Dec 2018
Лавра/Lavra Theatre PostPlay
Театр переселенця/Theatre of Displaced People
Lighting Designer Director: Dmitry Zakhozhenko
Dec 2018
Anna Karenina - The Musical Musical The Actors' Church, Convent Garden Lighting Designer Director: Jay Alice
Nov 2018
For You I Long The Longest Dance Arts Depot, then touring
Luke Brown Dance
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Luke Brown
Nov 2018
Lights Over Tesco Car Park Theatre The North Wall Oxford
Poltergeist Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Jack Bradfield
Jul 2018
Twelfth Night Theatre Saitama Arts Theatre, Japan, then touring
Oxford Shakespeare Players
Lighting Designer Director: Fred Weinand
Set designer: Nelly Hayes
Jun 2018
Hedda Theatre Oxford Playhouse
Peripeteia
Lighting Designer Director: Lucy Hayes
Set designer: Nelly Hayes
Feb 2018
Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. Theatre Michael Pilch Studio
Theatre Goose
Lighting Designer Director: Emma Howlett
, Director: Laura Tavriger
Jan 2018
Curlew River Opera St Bartholomew the Great, Smithfield, London
Ante Terminum Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Peter Thickett
Set designer: Crispin Lord
Jan 2018
Peer Gynt Theatre Zoo Sanctuary, Edinburgh
Gruffdog Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Peter Sayer
Aug 2017
Rhinoceros Theatre Michael Pilch Studio
Gruffdog Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Peter Sayer
Set designer: Ksenia Kulakova
Jun 2016
Julius Caesar Theatre Michael Pilch Studio
Gruffdog Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Peter Sayer
Set designer: Rachael Ince-Kitson
Nov 2015

Anna Karenina - The Musical

Kitty was perfectly poised at an oblique angle to a full length mirror, giving the audience multiple views of her while the lighting beamed down red and pink – just gorgeous
Andrew Bell, Daily Info 26/11/2018
A second tuneful, delicate duet for 'The Unknown' played out bathed in mauve and turquoise, and near the end of the play there was a stunning moment where the anguished Anna left a darkened stage to be caught in a fleeting, brilliant light as she disappeared.
Andrew Bell, Daily Info 26/11/2018
beautifully lit
Andrew Bell, Daily Info 26/11/2018

For You I Long The Longest

Once again Saunders’ lighting is wonderfully inventive, casting the stage in shadows and mystery.
Josephine Leask, DanceTabs 07/12/2018
A dark, brooding atmosphere is created by Edward Saunders’ simple yet striking lighting design.
Josephine Leask, DanceTabs 07/12/2018
Theatre:
  • Commercial Tour
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Regional (Studio)
  • Small Scale Touring
  • Touring relights
Musical:
  • Regional (Main House)
Opera:
  • 'Country House'
  • Small scale
Dance:
  • International
  • UK National Company
  • Medium Scale
  • Small Scale
  • Touring relights
Concert:
  • Festival
Non-professional:
  • Dance
  • Musicals
  • Opera
  • Plays
Education:
  • Workshops
Contact method Details
Email address edsaunders.uk@gmail.com
Website https://www.edwardjamessaunders....

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