Phil Eddolls: Theatre Design and Realisation

About Phil Eddolls

Phil's career to date has seen him involved in over 300 productions across the spectrum of theatre, opera, rock and roll, ballet, outdoor theatre and site specific one-off events. After gaining a degree in Drama and Teaching, Phil worked on the technical side of things for 13 years at the West Yorkshire Playhouse before taking Improble Theatre Company up on a once in a life time opportunity to travel the world "taking technical care" of their show "Shock Headed Peter". From this Phil was offered co-designs within Improbable before becoming a designer in his own right for many other companies. Two significant co-designs were "The Hanging Man" with Improbable, for which Phil jointly won a TMA Award for best design, and the "Go Do" tour for Jonsi of rock band Sigur Ros where Phil collaborated with 59.

Phil designs sets for all kinds of productions. For Mark Bruce and Ballet Lorent he has designed sets mostly of steel that fill the stage and can be transformed during the performance to suit the various scenes. They are strong enough to bear the weight of the dancers as they climb up high and move through and hang off the structures. His current work for Blue Box entails designing and producing a collection of props that can fit into a suitcase that two actors will tour around schools. This will be replicated threefold.
Phil has now designed several outdoor shows that have all withstood the elements and proved to be very successful in terms of audience numbers and press coverage.

For Phil the process begins with rough sketches during meetings with the producers and directors. He then does detailed technical drawings and a model, to show how the finished show will look, including all the moving parts.
Phil loves to work on a big scale…..budget allowing, the bigger, the better! For this reason he would very much relish the opportunity to design for Rock and Pop bands again, as well as for Opera.

Recent biography

Notable shows from recent years include "Beauty and the Beast " for OneofUs with Improbable; "Treasure island" and "The Boy who cried Wolf ", both outdoor shows for Bristol Old Vic; "Dracula" and "The Odyessey" for The Mark Bruce Company and Wiltons Music Hall (winner of Sky Arts award 2014); "Rapunzel" and "Snow White" for Ballet Lorent and Sadlers Wells; "The Light Princess" for The Tobacco Factory's Christmas Show 2015/16, Bristol; and" Dick Tracy" for Le Navet Bete.

Most recently Phil has designed the double bill inside The Scoop (Mayor of London) where he worked with Phil Willmott on Toyah Willcox's rock musical and accompanying children's show, which ran outdoors throughout September.

Up and coming shows include "Dracula" for Le Navet Bete and the next Mark Bruce ballet. Phil is also working with Blue Box Productions on "West End in Schools".