Andy Purves

Andy Purves Portrait


Andy is a lighting designer working in theatre, circus, community and educational projects.

He trained in sound and lighting engineering at the University of Derby and has an MA in lighting design and theatre-making from Central School of Speech and Drama. 

Lighting design projects include: HANG (Sheffield Crucible); THE KNEEBONE CADILLAC (Theatre Royal, Plymouth); UNDER MILK WOOD (Northern Stage); DENNIS OF PENGE (Annie Siddons); RADICAL ACTS (Common Wealth); TOAST (The Lowry, Salford); 49 DONKEYS HANGED (Theatre Royal Plymouth); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and HANSEL UND GRETEL (Royal College of Music); THE HERE AND THIS AND NOW (Theatre Royal Plymouth and Southwark Playhouse): THE WAR HAS NOT YET STARTED (Southwark Playhouse); THE SIEGE (Freedom Theatre, NY); WE’RE STILL HERE (National Theatre Wales); GIRLS (Edinburgh Festival & UK Tour); AND HERE I AM (Freedom Theatre, UK Tour); ANY PORT IN A STORM (Giffords Circus); LOVE LABOUR’S LOST (Royal Academy of Music); INVINCIBLE (UK Tour & Off Broadway); BOLLYWOOD JACK (Tara Arts); GIRLS (Hightide Festival & Soho Theatre); CEIRW – SAVAGE HART (Citrus Arts, UK Tour); RISE (Old Vic); DECADES (Brit School for Performing Arts); ONE MILLION TINY PLAYS ABOUT BRITAIN (Watermill Theatre); THE MAN WITH THE HAMMER (Theatre Royal Plymouth); MERLIN (Nuffield, Southampton); NO WAY BACK, OTHELLO, LOVESONG (Frantic Assembly); TURNING A LITTLE FURTHER, A SEASON IN THE CONGO - PARALLEL PRODUCTION (Young Vic); THE SIEGE (The Freedom Theatre, Palestine and UK tour); THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING (The Unicorn); RAGNAROK (Eastern Angles); THE BELIEVERS (Frantic Assembly, winner of a Knight of Illumination Award 2014); COOPED (Spymonkey); IT'S A FAMILY AFFAIR (Sherman, Cardiff); THE BOSS OF IT ALL (New Perspectives); HAPPY FAMILIES (Cirque Bijou/Circus Space); THE ARRIVAL (Tamasha); ROCK POOL (Inspector Sands); GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES (The Gate); BEAUTIFUL BURNOUT (Frantic Assembly/National Theatre of Scotland); MESS (Caroline Horton); THE IRISH GIANT (Cartoon de Salvo); LITTLE DOGS (National Theatre Wales/Frantic Assembly); STOCKHOLM (Sydney Theatre Company/Frantic Assembly); BABEL (Stan Won't Dance); THE ERPINGHAM CAMP (Brighton Festival); IDA BARR and OFFICE PARTY (Barbican); FRANKENSTEIN (Northampton Royal); HOME INVERNESS (National Theatre of Scotland); OUTRE and REN-SA (Array).

He designs regularly for The National Centre for Circus Arts (formerly Circus Space), has toured extensively with Propeller, Frantic Assembly, The National Theatre of Scotland and Spymonkey, has worked for Brighton and Greenwich & Docklands Festivals and on LA CLIQUE and LA SOIREE at The Roundhouse and in the West End.

Andy is co-convener of SiPA, The Sustainability in Production Alliance, which was launched in 2015. Andy is committed to encouraging and promoting environmentally responsible and sustainable practice in performance lighting design and across the live production industry.


21 March 2016

Andy Purves is Lighting Designer on THE MAN WITH THE HAMMER at Theatre Royal Plymouth

Andy Purves is Lighting Designer on THE MAN WITH THE HAMMER at Theatre Royal Plymouth

Phil Porter’s new play places its three characters on stationary bikes for the entire duration of the performance, peddling away whilst they reveal their compelling stories. Playing at the Drum theatre at Theatre Royal, Plymouth, until 26th March.

The Stage ★★★★ 

“Powerfully written and performed” 

“evocatively lit” 

“a propelling production”

 Plymouth Herald

“With much humour and sparky dialogue”

The Reviews Hub

“Lighting, by Andy Purves, was also crucial. The platform is lit from above by rows of thin tubular panels producing stark white light which intensify the action and, at times, suggesting a laboratory or even torture chamber”

“produces some charming and heart breaking moments.”