Mr Simon Banham BA (Hons)

Mr Simon Banham

Reader in Scenographic Studies

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Simon Banham has spent the past 30 years working as a freelance Scenographer/Theatre Designer. He was Head of Design (1991-1995) at Contact Theatre, Manchester, and has a long and continuing relationship with Music Theatre Wales. Most of his current work is with Quarantine, the company he co-founded with directors Richard Gregory and Renny O'Shea in 1998.

Since September 1999 he has taught in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at Aberystwyth University.

Additional Information

Appointed Commissioner for Weather and Scenography PQ15 at the Prague Quadrennial International Performance Design Exhibition 2015

The Persians designed by Simon Banham/Mike Brookes for National Theatre Wales won the TMA (Theatre management Association) 'Best Design 2010' award.

Greek designed by Simon Banham) for Music Theatre Wales was awarded 'Outstanding Achievement in Opera' for 2011 presented by Theatre Awards UK.



Scenography as a co-author in the creation of performances. Scenography as alternative and co-dependent 'text', with Quarantine theatre company: issues and territory surrounding working with 'experts of the everyday', untrained performers, creating a highly theatricalised anti theatrical aesthetic, relational environments, and a desire to create 'situations' in work that is situated on the borders of theatre and dance. The integration of a relational scenography within the creation and commissioning of contemporary Opera/music Theatre.



Banham, S. 2016. The Golden Dragon. Cadair

Banham, S. 2016. Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring. Cadair


Banham, S. 2015. Wallflower. Cadair

Banham, S. 2015. Dawns Ysbrydion. Cadair

Banham, S. 2015. Maybe we will understand it once we’ve made it…. Theatre and Performance Design 1 (1-2) pp. 94-106. 10.1080/23322551.2015.1024951 Cadair


Banham, S.McCarthy, M. 2014. The Trial. Cadair

Banham, S.Gregory, R. 2014. Summer. Cadair


Banham, S.J. 2013. Luci Mie Traditrici. [The Killing Flower.] Cadair

Banham, S.J. 2013. The Reading Room. Cadair

Banham, S.J. 2013. Eight Songs for a Mad King. Cadair

Banham, S.J. 2013. Ping. Cadair


Banham, S. 2012. Staging Spaces. Conference at the V&A. Cadair


Banham, S. 2011. The people in the room. In P. Crawley., W. White. (eds) No more Drama. Project Press Cadair

Banham, S.J. 2011. Entitled: Scenographic design work for Quarantine Theatre Company considering how might we explore theatrically experiences of hope, privilege and disappointment, and negotiate, on and off stage, the impossibility of trying to arrive at a point of completion or perfection. . Cadair

Banham, S.J. 2011. Greek. Other Cadair


Banham, S. 2010. In the Penal Colony. In the Penal Colony. Cadair

Banham, S. 2010. The Slightest Movement. Cadair

Pearson, M.J., Brookes, M.Banham, S.J. 2010. The Persians: A production of a new version of Aeschylus’s The Persians: presented in the opening programme of National Theatre Wales (NTW). It involved the convergence of the approaches of site-specific work and of attendant devised performance and physical theatre, with those of scripted drama and conventions of stage practice; the application of advanced media and technology in a landscape setting; and levels of involvement for audiences in restricted contexts, outside the constraints of public licensing. The Persians. Cadair

Banham, S. 2010. Impossible things before breakfast. Cadair

Banham, S. 2010. La Traviata. Cadair


Banham, S. 2009. Make Believe/Impossible Things Before Breakfast: Quarantine co-production with Contact Theatre, Manchester (Supported by the Arts Council England) The researcher’s design work questions how we separate the 'real' from the 'made up' in a theatre by utilising a meta-theatrical frame to illuminate the ordinary and mundane, provoking an examination of notional “realities”: in this case those from which our beliefs/attitudes are formed. . Cadair

Banham, S. 2009. Talk given at the 'Out of the Box and Dusted Down: Foraging and Findings' Seminar. Cadair


Banham, S., Wales, M.T. 2008. For You: Scenographic design work for Music Theatre Wales’s opera, supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council England, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, the PRS Foundation, and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Part of the researcher’s developing body of design work that is advancing current scenographic and performance thinking applied to the particular performance structure of contemporary opera. . Le Mistral, fauteur de trouble et facteur de texte dans l'oeuvre autobiographique de Jean-Giono, Jean le Bleu. Cadair

Banham, S. 2008. Old People, Children and Animals: Scenographic design work for Quarantine Theatre Company extending the researcher’s canon of work with Quarantine in developing new thinking and practices of performance, involving innovative and creative scenographic research that extends the range, depth and application of current scenographic thinking. . Old People, Children and Animals. Cadair

Banham, S.O'Shea, R. 2008. The Soldier's Song. Cadair

Banham, S. 2008. Coming and Going. Historical vertical instability dynamics on Welsh rivers. Cadair


Banham, S. 2007. Rebekka. Cadair

Banham, S. 2007. 7:30 for 8:00: Cooking with my daughters. In K. Burnett. (ed) UK design for Performance 2003-2007 S.B.T.D. 2007. Quarantine pp. 8-13. Other Cadair


Banham, S. 2006. Susan and Darren. Cadair


Banham, S. 2004. Rantsoen. Other Cadair

Banham, S. 2004. White Trash. Cadair Other


Banham, S. 2003. EatEat. Cadair Other