I am James Oldham, a composer who is very interested in comic timing, devising, borrowing, and collaboration. I work predominantly with opera and theatre in a wide range of media and disciplines. I also work as a director and performer. I am the founder and co-artistic director of Waste Paper Opera Company - a collective of artists, craftspeople, and researchers who make worlds out of waste paper together (metaphorically and literally).

I hold a bachelors degree and masters degree (with Junior Fellowship) from Birmingham Conservatoire where I studied with Joe Cutler and Andrew Hamilton.

I run Waste Paper Opera Company with Klara Kofen. Waste Paper is currently in residence at The Rosemary Branch Theatre, where we curate the series Whole Punch - a regular contemporary music, comedy and theatre variety show - hosted by Clint.

As a director, I focus on stylisation, physicality and comic timing. I've directed opera and theatre projects with Waste Paper Opera Company as well as leading workshops on music, improvisation and movement. I have also worked on large scale opera projects with Birmingham Opera Company and National Opera Studio.


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