Tom Piper

The Old Waynflete Lecture

Tom Piper will talk about his approach to performance design, spanning 30 years work at the RSC and theatres both nationally and internationally. 

In recent years Tom’s designs have moved into other spaces and he will explore how his theatre experience has been crucial to the impact of the larger scale installation work such as the poppies (and the subsequent national tour) and flames at the Tower of London.

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red (or "The Poppies" as it became known) marked one hundred years since the start of the First World War.  In a collaboration with ceramic artist Paul Cummins, the work consisted of 888,246 ceramic poppies that progressively filled the Tower's famous moat. The spectacular installation caught the public’s imagination and attracted 5 million visitors.

Tom will also talk about his exhibition work at the V&A which includes the 2017 celebration of Winnie the Pooh.


Date: Thursday 27 June 2019

Time: 18:00-1900

Venue: Festival Marquee

Tickets: £10/£8/£2