PAUL VIRIDES PRODUCTIONS
Paul Virides Productions is a London-based theatre producing company, with a particular focus on new writing and unusual revivals of classic works. It was formed in 2015 as Shrapnel Theatre, initially to produce the 25th London anniversary production of Jim Cartwright's Two, launching the Above the Arts studio space in the West End, and has gone on to produce new writing and revivals in London, New York and around the UK. Recent productions include two plays by Alex Oates - All in a Row and Silk Road - with the latter nominated for three Offie awards following its smash run at Trafalgar Studios in August 2018. Currently, PVP is taking advantage of a fallow year in theatre to develop a series of productions for 2021 and beyond.
At the start of the coronavirus pandemic and shutdown of theatres, Paul was one of the creators and founding members of Theatre Together, a collective of industry professionals that presented a live, online event, All the Web's a Stage, to coincide with Shakespeare's birthday, 23rd April 2020, the same date that theatre censorship was ended in the 18th century.. ATWAS featured performances from scores of artists across a wide range of live performance disciplines.
In 2018, Paul was awarded the Stage One Bursary for New Producers, and now runs PVP full-time. He has worked as a producer of theatre and live events since 2011, where he cut his teeth running TakeOver Festival for York Theatre Royal in summer 2012. After leaving York, he took his first show to Edinburgh, and on returning home to London, joined Hartshorn - Hook Productions as their associate producer.
With Hartshorn - Hook, Paul worked on dozens of productions, including Rotterdam (Olivier Award for Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre - Theatre503, Trafalgar Studios, 59E59 Theaters New York and Arts Theatre); Away From Home (national and international tour); tribute shows to The Rat Pack and The Blues Brothers which played in the West End, Edinburgh, and the Seychelles; American Idiot (Arts Theatre); and Richard II (House of Commons and Arcola).
Paul left Hartshorn - Hook in 2016, joining Iris Theatre as marketing manager for their 2017 summer season of outdoor theatre at the historic St Paul's Church in Covent Garden, where they presented Macbeth and Hansel & Gretel. His role there rolled over into Xmas Factor: All Stars that Christmas, and then H.R.Haitch, The Tempest, The Three Musketeers and Arabian Nights through 2018. He left Iris in October 2018 to focus on running PVP, but returned in summer 2019, initially as interim senior producer, and then as executive director and joint CEO from autumn 2019 to August 2020.
Shrapnel Theatre was created in 2015 by Paul with playwright Isla van Tricht, and between 2015-17 produced four of her plays. Following the New York transfer of her play Underground in 2017, Isla left the company to focus on her writing projects. Shrapnel became Paul Virides Productions in October 2018.
For a full list of previous PVP / Shrapnel Theatre productions, click here.