Phil Hayes is a performance-maker, performer, actor, director and musician. He was born on the south coast of England and studied Creative Arts in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Based in Zurich since 1998, he creates his own performance and theatre work mainly under the label First Cut Productions
works include; 
Waiting For Rod (2005), 
The First Cut (2007), 
Where Were We (2008), 
Awkward Human (2011), 
Legends & Rumours (2013)  
Love & Happiness (2014)
Places Of Interest (2016)
These Are My Principles... (2016)
WORK (2017)
Under The Influence I - III (2018)

Phil also makes performance-based works in other contexts under his own name, as well as working as a freelance artist in collaborations with other artists and groups. He regularly tours internationally.  He has been a regular collaborator with British performance group Forced Entertainment and with choreographer Simone AughterlonyHe has also collaborated on projects for and with (amongst others); CAMPO, Maria Jerez, Thomas Kasebacher, Chris Kondek & Christiane Kuehl,  watzdameyer, Sachs & Suhner, Salome Schneebeli, Stadttheater Bern, Regina Wenig, Cocoloco Performance, Urbanauts, Mass & Fieber, Natural Theatre Company, Bruvvers, Thom Luz,  Low Flying Theatre and Live Theatre Company,

Phil has acted in Films by Angela Schanelec (Der Traumhafte Weg), Thomas Imbach (Mary Queen of Scots), Peter Volkart (Zimmer 606) and Sabine Boss (Das Geheimnis von Murk).

In 2008 he appeared as the character Peter Tate in thirty episodes of the SRF Swiss television show Giacobbo/Müller- Late Service Public.
In 2017 - 2018 Phil hosted a monthly Radio programme Any Other Night on Radio Stadtfilter in Winterthur.

Phil has made and released music with (amongst others); Guz, Knarf Rellöm Jerry J. NixonDALA Produkte and Voodoo Rhythm Records. A full discography is here.

Phil Is currently active with his band Phil Hayes & The Trees, releasing two albums and singles since 2015 on the DALA Produkte label.

In 2013 he was awarded a Werkstipendium prize by the city of Zurich for his work to date.

This website contains details of recent work as well as performance dates, archive performances, news and ideas etc

Information about Phil's
First Cut Productions projects here.

  • Photo: Adrian Elsener