Paddy Cunneen Associate Director

Paddy Cunneen is an Associate Director of Cheek by Jowl. Since the late 1980s, he has provided the musical score for many of the company's productions.

Paddy studied music at university but believes that the only training for work in theatre comes through the experience of simply doing it. He is an enthusiast for theatre projects as they invariably involve collaborating with a diverse group of talented people with a common aim. He has worked extensively as a composer and music director for theatres throughout the UK and Ireland.

In his career, Paddy has composed for over 150 productions for companies and theatres, including Cheek by Jowl, the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Donmar Warehouse, Out of Joint, Abbey Theatre, Gate Theatre, Druid Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange, the Royal Court, Liverpool Everyman and many others.

In addition, he composes for BBC Radio Drama, RTE Radio Drama and has a number of TV and film credits. He is a recipient of the Christopher Whelen Award for Music in Theatre, the Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland. He musically directed and co-produced the Donmar Theatre recording of Stephen Sondheim's Company, which won the Music Industry Award for Best Cast Album.

On composing for Cheek by Jowl productions, Paddy has said ...

It's usual to let the company members be the prime resource... It's important for me to undergo the same kind of open-ended rehearsal that everyone else goes through. I try to write for the production and not for the play.