David Harradine

David is co-founder and artistic director of Fevered Sleep.

As well as making work with Fevered Sleep, he works independently through collaboration with artists, designers and performance makers.  He made The Show’s The Thing at Alexandra Palace; A Present For Mr. Newton for The Wapping Project; LUX, a research project on the dramaturgy of light, at BAC; and has recently made a sound installation for The Simple Things In Life (in collaboration with Jamie McCarthy) and a piece on Bone for the BodyPods series, both with Fuel.

From 2005 – 2008 David was Research Fellow in Performance at the University of Winchester, where he investigated the links between light, photography and performance.  From 2009 to 2011 he was a Leverhulme Artist in Residence in the School of Art, Design & Media at the University of Brighton.  He is currently Visiting Research Fellow at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

David is a winner of the Jerwood Young Directors Award, and has a doctorate in Performance Studies from the University of London.


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Fevered Sleep/Young Vic production of
directed by David Harradine and Sam Butler

On Why Children Matter

In 2011, the writer Michael Morpurgo gave a public lecture on the cultural lives of children.  He questioned the value we give to the role of teachers, parents and artists in preparing children for independent life, outlining the low status attributed to work for children in the cultural sector: He said, “Whether we are talking about children’s theatre, children’s television programmes, children’s films, or children’s books, it is the same — you are at the bottom of the pile. It’s just for children. And even within these worlds, the younger the children concerned…the less status for those involved.” Some time… Read More

Our New Home

In June 2008 we moved into the Young Vic as an associate company, on what we thought would be an 18 month residency.  After seven extraordinary years, we’ve finally moved on to pastures new and set up a new Fevered Sleep HQ in Farringdon.  The walls are painted, new carpet’s down, the boxes are unpacked and the pictures are up.  We still need a good sofa (do you have one you want to donate?) and we don’t know where our ancient orchid should live, but we’re getting there, and we’re looking forward to cooking up plans and projects from our… Read More