Photograph from COWPUNCHER MY ASS 20223 - lighting design by Edward Saunders
Photographer: Daniele Fummo | From the show COWPUNCHER MY ASS 20223
Photograph from Cowpuncher My Ass - lighting design by Edward Saunders
Photographer: Daniele Fuomo | From the show Cowpuncher My Ass
Photograph from A Midsummer Night's Dream - lighting design by Edward Saunders
Photographer: Nick Rutter | From the show A Midsummer Night's Dream
Photograph from Curlew River - lighting design by Edward Saunders
Photographer: Sam B Cornish | From the show Curlew River
Photograph from Twelfth Night - lighting design by Edward Saunders
Preset - Twelfth Night | From the show Twelfth Night
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Edward Saunders

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Biography

 

 

www.edwardjamessaunders.co.uk

 

 

Ed is a lighting designer for live performance.

 

Much of his work is for contemporary dance, although recent ventures have added opera, festival stages, and fashion shows to the scope of what he does with light.

 

In 2022, Ed was appointed ‘Lumiere’ by the Association of Lighting and Production Design, which partnered him as an assistant to leading lighting designers on the Glyndebourne Opera Festival and on new work from the English Touring Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange.

 

Earlier this year, Ed lit Holly Blakey’s ‘Cowpuncher My Ass’ at London’s Royal Festival Hall, as well as returning to previous designs for touring dance productions commissioned by The Place, where he also lit two pieces for the Resolution Festival of emerging choreographers. He was associate lighting designer to Malcolm Rippeth on a co-production of ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ between Garsington Opera, Irish National Opera, and Sante Fe, and was associate to Joshie Harriette on Richard Chappell’s ‘Hot House’. Since assisting in the spring for London and Paris fashion weeks, Ed lit a runway show of his own for Saul Nash’s SS24 collection, presented at the ICA. This summer, Ed was back at Glastonbury to light the San Remo stage, before heading to Opera Holland Park to collaborate on Figure’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

 

Ed has toured and relit work by the likes of Hofesh Shechter and National Dance Company Wales. 

 

Ed was represented by the Society of British Theatre Designers at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, and was the recipient of a Commendation for Design from the National Student Drama Festival.

 

Ed is based in London.

Previous productions

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
A Midsummer Night's Dream Opera Opera Holland Park
Figure
Lighting Designer Director: Sam Rayner
Set designer: Emma Hollows
Jun 2023
San Remo | Glastonbury Concert Glastonbury Festival Lighting Designer Set designer: Rob Berry, Set designer: Bea Wilson Jun 2023
SAUL NASH SS23 Corporate & Industrial Institute of Contemporary Arts
Blonstein
Lighting Designer Jun 2023
COWPUNCHER MY ASS 20223 Dance Royal Festival Hall
Box Artist Management
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Holly Blakey
Feb 2023
DN2 Dance The Place Lighting Designer Nov 2021
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
Лавра/Lavra Theatre PostPlay
Театр переселенця/Theatre of Displaced People
Lighting Designer Director: Dmitry Zakhozhenko
Dec 2018
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
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
Location availability:
  • Eastern Europe
  • North America
  • Scotland
  • UK London
  • UK Provinces
  • Worldwide
Contact method Details
Email address edsaunders.uk@gmail.com
Website https://www.edwardjamessaunders....
Theatre:
  • Commercial Tour
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Regional (Studio)
  • Small Scale Touring
  • Fringe / Pub Theatre
  • Touring relights
Musical:
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Regional (Studio)
  • Pantomime
  • Touring relights
Opera:
  • Large scale
  • 'Country House'
  • Small scale
  • Touring relights
Dance:
  • International
  • UK National Company
  • Large Scale
  • Medium Scale
  • Small Scale
  • Touring relights
Concert:
  • Club
  • Festival
Corporate:
  • Conferences
  • Fashion Shows
  • Open Air Events
Architectural:
  • Displays & Art
Non-professional:
  • Dance
  • Musicals
  • Opera
  • Plays
Education:
  • Workshops

News

Appearing here soon... a collection of articles from the Focus magazine archives.

Press quotes

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