Biography

Paul is a theatre producer, working independently, as executive producer for Shrapnel Theatre and with Hartshorn – Hook Productions ltd as assistant producer.

Most recently, Paul was associate producer for Rotterdam, the West End transfer of Jon Brittain’s play which performed at Trafalgar Studios over the summer following a smash hit run at Theatre503 in 2015. Also over the summer, Shrapnel Theatre took its second trip to the Edinburgh Festival with The D-List (Underbelly) by David Hendon, and variety night CabFab (C venues) and worked as associate producer on Tooth+Nail Theatre Company’s Hummingbird (ZOO) and Infinity Repertory Theatre Company’s Dark Heart (Paradise). Earlier in the year, Paul also produced Underground for Shrapnel at VAULT Festival.

With Hartshorn – Hook Productions, Paul associate produced a number of productions over 2016 including the first ever performance of Shakespeare in the Houses of Parliament on the 400th Anniversary of the Bard’s death – Richard II in the House of Commons members’ dining room, which subsequently transferred to the Arcola Theatre for a short run. In addition, The Easter Rising and thereafter performed at Jermyn Street Theatre in April, and A Christmas Carol and The Blues Brothers: Xmas Special completed their seasonal runs in January (the former returning this Christmas).

2015 was a busy year for Hartshorn – Hook. Paul worked as associate on a large number of productions, including LesereKingmakerJurassic Park and the first run of RotterdamAmerican Idiot made its West End debut at the Arts in the summer and autumn, before going on tour and returning in 2016.

Over 2015 with Shrapnel Theatre – which formed in January 2015 – Paul produced The Remnants: As Thyself and Threadbare in Edinburgh and London, Vampire Cabaret (general manager), the 25th London anniversary of Jim Cartwright’s Two, and the London transfer of Deadpan Theatre’s Get Your Shit Together. Shrapnel also presented a series of one-night events at the Arts over 2015, including two New Musical Nights and also Paperwork, an evening of new writing from RADA’s graduating class of playwrights.

In 2013 and 2014, Paul was associate producer for Hartshorn – Hook Productions’ Edinburgh Festival Fringe seasons, both of which included the final two years of perennial Fringe favourites The Rat Pack – Live and A Tribute to the Blues Brothers – Live. They also presented Away From Home at Assembly George Square in 2014 after a highly successful run at Jermyn Street Theatre and a national tour, and provided consultancy services on a further two productions. In 2013, as well as the two music shows, Hartshorn – Hook also general managed a new adaptation of Eugénie Grandet by Jonathan Choat, also at Assembly. The Rat Pack was then revived in London in November 2014 at the Arts Theatre West End for a one-night only gala, featuring a full evening’s entertainment.

Following those productions, Paul worked on the development of Vampi, a full scale musical, workshopped in November 2014 and directed by Donnacadh O’Briain, choreographed by Nathan M Wright and starring Jade Ewen, Alex Bourne and Frances Ruffelle, as well as Christmas shows Treasure Island and Beulah (both co-produced with The Flanagan Collective) in 2014/5.

In early 2014, Paul produced a workshop of The Mikvah Project by Joshua Azouz, as well as multiple productions with East Barnet School over 2013-14, where he has assisted on the teaching of Drama. Paul worked at the York Theatre Royal in 2011/12 as their Festival Producer for the annual TakeOver Festival, while also completing the final year of his degree. As well as overseeing the full management and programming of the Festival, Paul was responsible for commissioning a new play with the team (Scarberia by Evan Placey, in association with Forward Theatre Project) and an in-house production of As You Like It. In 2012 he also took his first show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Songs for a New World by Jason Robert Brown – and directed and produced a musical revue at the Tristan Bates Theatre.

When not producing theatre, Paul has also worked in education as a drama practitioner. As well as producing and directing in that capacity, he also has experience working with KS3, KS4 and KS5 students in classwork and exam preparation.

Paul holds a BA (Hons) in English and Related Literature from the University of York, and his theatre credits from university include numerous performances and the production of musical revues. He also was the deputy editor of York Vision, which was awarded Student Publication of the Year by the Guardian during his tenure, and a contributor for One & Other magazine and reviewing publication Broadway Baby.

In summary

For Shrapnel Theatre: Gonzo (tba); Platforms (tba); Litterati (tba); Hummingbird (ZOO – associate, 2016); The D-List (Underbelly, 2016) CabFab (C venues 2016); Dark Heart (Paradise in Augustines – associate, 2016); Underground (VAULT Festival 2016); Get Your Sh*t Together (Landor – co-production, 2015); Paperwork (Above the Arts, one-night, 2015); The Remnants: As Thyself and Threadbare (Above the Arts and C venues, 2015); Vampire Cabaret (Assembly Festival – general management, 2015); New Musicals Night (Above the Arts – two one-nighters, 2015); Two (Above the Arts, 2015)

As assistant / associate producer for Hartshorn – Hook Productions: Rotterdam (Theatre503 and Trafalgar Studios, 2015/6); A Christmas Carol (Above the Arts, 2015/6 and 2016/7); American idiot (associate producers, Arts 2015-6 and national tour 2015-6); I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Above the Arts, 2015; one-night revival, Arts 2016); Richard II (House of Commons and Arcola, 2016); The Easter Rising and Thereafter (Jermyn Street, 2016); The Blues Brothers: Xmas Special (Arts, 2015/6); Lesere (Jermyn Street, 2015); Kingmaker (Above the Arts and Marlborough, 2015); Rachel’s Garden (installation pop-up event, Above the Arts, 2015); Jurassic Park (VAULT Festival 2015 – general management); Away From Home (international tour, Upstairs at the Arts, Jermyn Street, Assembly Festival and Auckland Live, 2014/5); Beulah (Upstairs at the Arts, 2014/5); Treasure Island (Arts, 2014/5); Vampi: The Musical (workshop, 2014); The Rat Pack – Live (Arts 2014 & 2015 and C venues 2013 & 2014); The Blues Brothers – Live (C venues 2013 & 2014); Cocktails with the Diva (Assembly Rooms, 2014 – consultancy); A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Rock Musical (C venues, 2014 – consultancy); Eugénie Grandet (Assembly Festival, 2013)

For East Barnet School: East (associate director/producer, 2014); EBS Has Got Talent (2014); The 12 Days of Christmas (producer/associate director, 2013); Oliver Twist (assistant director/producer, 2012).

Independent/other: As You Like It (York Theatre Royal TakeOver Festival, 2012); Scarberia (YTR TakeOver 2012); The Mikvah Project (workshop, 2014); Songs for a New World (C venues, 2012); Hear My Song: A Revue (Tristan Bates, 2012).

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