Oliver Lamford is a director working in theatre and opera.
His work focuses on the physical experience of the audience. Perception and sensory intimacy are key, always looking to physically implicate the audience in the experience.
Recent work in Opera includes: as Revival Director – Carmen (WNO, 2020); as an assistant director – La Traviata (revival, WNO 2018), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Netia Jones (Aldeburgh Festival 2017), Don Giovanni (Nederlandse Reisopera 2017), L’elisir d’amore, Danny Slater (Opera North 2016); Marriage of Figaro, Jo Davies (Opera North, 2015); Fidelio, John Cox (Garsington, 2014).
His work has also been commissioned by The Yard Theatre in Hackney, Camden People’s Theatre, The Arc Theatre, They Eat Culture, and more.
Oliver also works as a researcher, uncovering the extensive source material for Forbidden Zone, directed by Katie Mitchell and written by Duncan MacMillan (Barbican/Schaubühne/Salzburg Fest). He has also conducted research for The Roaring Girl (RSC) and La Boheme (Washington Opera).
Prior to working in theatre and opera, Oliver worked in script development in film, for the UKFC, Pathe, and Wild Bunch, among others. He studied Butoh for a year in Japan with the Seiryukai, and gained a first class English degree at Oxford University.