About

Phil Hayes is a performance-maker, theatre director, actor and musician (he has also worked in kitchens, restaurants, pubs, factories on the radio, tv and on building sites).
He was born on the south coast of England and studied Creative Arts in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Based in Zurich since 1998, Phil creates performance and theatre work, mainly under the label First Cut Productions, including;

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)
Heavy Hitters (2020)
REVENGE (2020/21)

In Phil’s work, the collaborative process is generally the basis for generating content and form together with a rolling series of of new and regular collaborative partners. His work has regularly toured internationally. 

Phil also makes performance-based works in other contexts, as well as working as a freelance performer, director, advisor or musician in collaborations with other artists and groups. He has been a regular collaborator with British performance group Forced Entertainment and with choreographer Simone Aughterlony. Phil has also collaborated on projects for and with (amongst others); CAMPO, Theater HORA, Theater Neumarkt, 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 taught, lead workshops and mentored students at the Zhdk in Zurich and La Manufacture in Lausanne.
Phil is currently one of the theatre mentors for double  - a mentoring and coaching programme from Migros-Kulturprozent 

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 an eclectic monthly Radio programme Any Other Night on Radio Stadtfilter in Winterthur.

Phil has written, made and released songs and music with (amongst others); Guz, Knarf Rellöm Jerry J. Nixon, The Songbirds, MonomerzHipflasksDALA Produkte and Voodoo Rhythm Records. Most recently, Phil has been active with Phil Hayes & The Trees together with Sarah Palin and Martin Prader, releasing two albums on the DALA Produkte label and an EP on Ikarus Records in 2019.  Phil is currently writing and releasing songs as part of his Assignments project.
A full discography is here.

In 2013 Phil was awarded a Werkstipendium prize by the city of Zurich for his work to date.
In 2020, Phil Hayes - First Cut Productions were awarded a "kulturelle Auszeichnung“ award from the City of Zurich, for the UNDER THE INFLUENCE I-III series of performances

This website contains details of recent work as well as performance dates, archive performances, news and ideas etc.
Information about all First Cut Productions projects can be found here.
Phil Hayes - First Cut Pro­duc­tions work is rep­re­sented for tour­ing by Lise Leclerc, at Tutu Pro­duc­tion in Geneva.

  • Photo: Adrian Elsener
    Adrian Elsener
  • Luc Georgi