Andy Purves

Andy Purves Portrait

Agent: Davina Shah


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. 

Current and future credits include: ANY PORT IN A STORM (Giffords Circus); LOVE LABOUR’S LOST (Royal Academy of Music).

Lighting design projects include: INVINCILBLE (UK Tour & Off Broadway); THE HERE AND THIS AND NOW (Plymouth Theatre Royal); BOLLYWOOD JACK (Tara Arts); GIRLS (Hightide Festival & Soho Theatre); CREIW – SAVAGE HART (Citrus Arts, UK Tour); RISE (Old Vic); DECADES (Brit School for Performing Arts); HANSEL UND GRETEL (Royal College of Music); 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.