Derek, Sally and James on the set of Many Moons


After working with Derek on The Censor (Union Theatre, 2004), James introduced Sally and Derek for a short-running production of The Maids (Etcetera Theatre, 2006) which included former History Boy Steven Webb in the cast.

James, Derek and Sally discovered a shared passion for collaboration, and a desire to make theatre that combines strong narrative with a high visual impact.

Their next project (lost 18th century comedy The Wonder! A Woman Keeps A Secret by Susanna Centlivre) sold out at the White Bear Theatre in 2006, and transferred to BAC for the Time Out Critics’ Choice season in 2007. After developing their process further with African Gothic by Reza de Wet (White Bear 2007), the trio realised they had outgrown the producing entity the Other Theatre Company (started by Derek and only intended to produce The Censor) and started looking for a new name.

paper/scissors/stone reflects the cyclical nature of their process; where the lighting design can affect the direction, which influences the set, which influences the lighting design.

Under the new name, they have collaborated with producers as a creative team for hire. Productions have included Colourings (Old Red Lion, 2008) and then three production in as many months: Girls and Dolls (Old Red Lion), Trying (Finborough Theatre) and Saraband (Jermyn Street Theatre, all 2009).

As well as collaborating with producers, the three have created a developed a number of other boundary-breaking theatre events, including Story Whores, a pop-up theatre brothel or “narrative knocking shop” where visitors can exchange bespoke currency for an intimate story-telling experience in a specially created space.

Derek Bond:

Derek was associate director at Theatre503 2010-2011. Credits outside paper/scissors/stone include: PLAYLIST (Live Theatre Newcastle, Theatre503/Latitude Festival, 2010 – 2012), THE CENSOR (Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham & Union Theatre, London 2004). Derek was Associate Director of Theatre503 from 2010-2011. Derek’s assisting and associate work includes: THE ALCHEMIST (2006) and THE HISTORY BOYS (2005/06) (both National Theatre), CABARET (West End, 2007) and MACBETH (Almeida Theatre, 2005). 

Sally Ferguson:

Sally Ferguson is a graduate of Wimbledon School of Art. Credits outside paper/scissors/stone include: SLOWLY (Hammersmith Riverside Studios), THE DEVIL’S FESTIVAL (The Print Room), ESCHARA (Exeter Northcott), BREAKFAST WITH EMMA (Touring), KARNIVAL (The Place, London) and THE GIRL WITH THE IRON CLAWS (Soho Theatre).

James Perkins:

James is resident designer for Charles Court Opera and a member of Forward Theatre Project. Credits outside paper/scissors/stone include: THE GIRL IN THE YELLOW DRESS (Salisbury Playhouse), THE ONLY TRUE HISTORY OF LIZZIE FINN (Southwark Playhouse), THE FANTASIST’S WALTZ (York Theatre Royal), MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH (UK tour), BEOWULF (Charles Court Opera), STOCKWELL (The Tricycle), THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (Wilton’s Music Hall), EVENTS WHILE GUARDING THE BOFORS GUN, FOXFINDER  (Finborough), IOLANTHE and THROUGH THE WOODS (Pleasance), PIRATES OF PENZANCE and HMS PINAFORE (Buxton Opera House) and THE BARBER (Greenwich Theatre). www.jamesperkins.co.uk

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