Staging Places
Simon Daw
Based in: Greater London
Member Of: SBTD
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Stage design credits include: 1984 Northern Ballet; Baskerville Liverpool Playhouse; The Worst Witch UK Tour; The Welcoming Party MIF/Theatre-Rites & Ruhrtriennale Festival; World Factory Metis Arts.

Young Vic; French Without Tears ETT, Humble Boy, Poison, The Lottery of Love, Sheppey, The Philanderer Orange Tree Theatre; Material Men Shobana Jeyasingh Dance; Eventual Progress Ekaterinburg State Academic Ballet; Waiting for Godot, The Winter’s Tale, The Daughter-in-Law Sheffield Crucible; Democracy Sheffield Crucible & The Old Vic, London; The Metamorphosis Royal Opera House and The Joyce, New York; Dead Heavy Fantastic, Lost Monsters Liverpool Everyman; As One Royal Ballet; Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare’s Globe; Dolls National Theatre of Scotland; DNA, Baby Girl, The Miracle, The Enchantment National Theatre; Elling Bush and Trafalgar Studio); Owen Wingrave Set Design: for Aldeburgh Music/EIF.

Installation/performance commissions include: The Competition Shoreditch Town Hall; 3rd Ring Out UK tour; Wave Structures, Hopefully it Means Nothing, Sea House Aldeburgh Festival.

Image credit: David Sandison

Featured Work

World Factory

Role/Title: Co Director / Designer with Zoë Svendsen
Year of Production Opening: 2015
Venues: Young Vic, New Wolsey,The Junction Cambridge, ACCA Brighton, Home Manchester and at the former textile mill in Brierfield as part of Fabrications Festival
World Factory is an interactive performance project that explores the relationship between China and the UK through the lens of the global textiles industry. Co-created by Simon Daw and Zoe Svendsen the project was initially inspired by conversations with Chinese theatre director Zhao Chuan and his company Grass Stage in Shanghai.

To get a greater insight into the world of fast fashion Simon and Zoe designed a shirt and had it made in a Chinese factory. Barcodes printed onto the shirt, when scanned with a phone, reveal the people and processes involved in its manufacture.

The narratives and film they gathered on this journey became central to the performance: audience members in 16 groups simultaneously control competing clothing factories in China. The decisions the audience make (tracked by bespoke software) take them on different narrative paths through the game until finally the consequences of their choices are revealed.

Image credit: David Sandison
Image credit: David Sandison
Image credit: David Sandison


Lighting Designer: Guy Hoare
Sound Designer: Matthias Kispert
AV Designer: Simon Daw
Collaborators in China : Zhao Chuan, Wu Meng & Grass Stage
Software Development : Dan Williams
Research Consultant : Mark Sumner
Associate Direction : Kate O’Connor & Lucy Wray
Assistant Writer : David Isaacs
Dealers : Lucy Ellinson, Naomi Christie, Heather Lai and Jamie Martin
Costume Supervisor : Clio Alphas
Video programmer : Lanz
Production manager : Tom Albu
Produced by : Young Vic, New Wolsey Theatre, Company of Angels. 2016/2017 tour produced by Arts Admin