Press Articles

Zorro, West End 2009

Please see the Projects page page for selected reviews.
Presented here are links to more general articles

There has been extensive press coverage for my Collaboration with Paul Cummins on Blood swept lands and seas of red, the poppy installation at the Tower. Here are some highlights ;

The Observer

The Guardian

Article by Telegraph in the early phase of the installation

The Telegraph named Paul and I as No1 Britons of the year !

I was interviewed on the Jeremy Vine show what makes us human ?


This is an early article from my days at the Tron in Glasgow in 1994 . Lots of interesting stuff about my background and philosophy which is still pretty much the same. I still spend a fair bit of time on sets banging in nails  . The Herald


This article from the Stage in 2004 describes the working process on Hamlet at the RSC , directed by Michael Boyd, who is quoted on our process.

“( he has) a very distinctive style and strong taste as well as deep insight and the capacity to influence the way the rehearsal room sees a scene or play. Tom designs for plays and for actors, not for himself”. The Stage. A second version of the article can be found on the British theatre guide



This site also has an audio slide show and was created around the  RSC production of As you like it at the Courtyard in 2009 .

Andrew  Dickson at the Guardian was very interested in the process

‘Piper is famous for stripping stuff back. This makes him something of a rarity among theatre designers: a stylist who strives to avoid style, an artist who doesn’t much like the idea of the signature touch. If you’ve ever seen a Piper set, the chances are you didn’t notice it; you were too caught up in the play it gave life to ‘

Although the photographer did get me doing embarassing poses with bits of cardboard.. Guardian audio article


As you Like it at the RSC and Antony and Cleopatra are discussed here .


Live design Interviewed me on the challenges of designing a double bill of As you like It  and The Tempest  for the Bridge Project tour of  2010/11


a Video made by the Old Vic during the Bridge Project

I am Supporting this Fledgling design course in Scotland.

An interview in the Telegraph 2016 when working on Eugene Onegin at Garsington

More on  my work at the RSC