Tom Piper talks to Jeremy Vine about the creative value of human collaboration. BBC 2 (27/02/15):
Tom Piper: "I wanted to shine a spotlight on designers" The Stage:
Current and future projects include: PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE (Garsington Opera); FRANKENSTEIN and HEDDA GABLER (Northern Stage); HAY FEVER (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh).
Theatre designs include: THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL’S GUIDE TO CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM WITH A KEY TO SCRIPTURES (Hampstead Theatre); HARROGATE (HighTide & Royal Court); PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre & UK Tour); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (RSC & UK Tour); CARMEN LA CUBANA (Le Chatelet, Paris); ENDGAME, HAMLET, LIBERTINE, KING LEAR (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow); RED VELVET (West End, Tricycle Theatre & New York); A WOLF IN SNAKESKIN SHOES, THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND (Tricycle Theatre); THE KING’S SPEECH (Birmingham Rep, Chichester Festival Theatre & UK Tour); MERMAID (Shared Experience); TAMBURLAINE THE GREAT (Theatre For a New Audience, New York); BAKERSFIELD MIST (West End); THE BIG MEAL (Theatre Royal Bath & Hightide Festival); BRACKEN MOOR (Shared Experience & Tricycle Theatre); ZORRO (West End, Tour, Paris, Moscow, Amsterdam, Tokyo and Atlanta); GOODBYE TO ALL THAT, VERA, VERA, VERA (Royal Court Theatre & Theatre Local); RICHARD III, THE TEMPEST and AS YOU LIKE IT (Bridge Project at BAM and the Old Vic); DEALER’S CHOICE (Menier Chocolate Factory and West End); FALL (RSC at the Traverse); SPYSKI (Lyric Hammersmith and tour); THE SCARECROW AND HIS SERVANT (Southwark Playhouse); PLOUGH AND THE STARS, THE CRUCIBLE and SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR (Abbey, Dublin). Costume designs include: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE & A WINTER’S TALE (Regents Park Open Air Theatre).
Tom was the Associate Designer of the RSC for ten years. His recent work there includes THE SEVEN ACTS OF MERCY, LOVE FOR LOVE, CHRISTMAS TRUCE, ANTONY & CLEOPATRA in a new edit by Tarell Alvin McCraney (RSC/Miami/New York), BORIS GODUNOV, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, MACBETH and CITY MADAM, the Histories Cycle (Courtyard Theatre and at the Roundhouse), designing RICHARD II, HENRY IV – PARTS 1 and 2, HENRY V, HENRY VI – PARTS 1, 2 and 3 and RICHARD III for which he won the 2009 Olivier Award for Best Costume Design and was nominated for the 2009 Olivier Award for Best Set Design, AS YOU LIKE IT, THE GRAIN STORE, THE DRUNKS, HAMLET, KING LEAR, THE TEMPEST
Opera includes: ORFEO (Royal Opera House & Roundhouse); EUGENE ONEGIN (Garsington Opera); FALSTAFF, MACBETH (Scottish Opera)
Elsewhere Tom has worked at the NT, the Donmar, the Royal Opera House, Soho Theatre, Dundee Rep, Bush Theatre, Gate Dublin, Nottingham Playhouse, Royal Court Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Sheffield Crucible and in the West End.
Installations/Exhibitions include: DR BLIGHTY (Nutkhut, 14-18 NOW); BLOOD SWEPT LAND AND SEAS OF RED (Tower of London 2014, and UK Tour, 2015 – 2018, with artist Paul Cummins, and in collaboration with Alan Farlie Architects: CURTAIN UP (V&A and Lincoln Centre New York, 2016); BLOOD (Jewish Museum, 2015-2016);); STAGING THE WORLD (Shakespeare Exhibition as part of the Cultural Olympiad, British Museum, 2012)
Tom received an MBE for services to Theatre and First World War commemorations in 2015. BLOOD SWEPT LANDS AND SEAS OF RED has won numerous awards, including, amongst others, a Museum and Heritage award & a Southbank Sky Arts award; and with Paul Cummins, he was named The Telegraph’s Briton of the Year 2014. A series of installations featuring the two sculptural pieces from the installation, designed by Tom, are on tour around the UK until 2018.