Edward Primrose

Edward Primrose is a composition graduate from the Canberra School of Music (ANU). After various awards, teaching stints, conducting jobs and commissions, he spent several years in the UK and France as composer for theatre, dance, video and film, amassing a vast array of works. While in Europe he explored acting and started directing theatre.

Edward Primrose was the founding Artistic Director of Camera Camerata (orchestral music for film recording project) in 1998 with the Australian Youth Orchestra.

He was Composer in Residence at the Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS) then the first Lecturer in Screen Composition at AFTRS 1999-2000, then again in 2007-2013. He received a PhD in musical dramaturgy in 2014.

He has also had plays and radio works performed while exploring experimental texts in the spirit of OuLiPo.

Currently Edward writes scripts (theatre and film) in which the writing process is deeply influenced by musical principles. The results incorporate live actors, video and music and which question the manner in which these elements normally interact.

Produced works that have resulted and which Edward directed include Ray and Ponce – an absurdist radio play for two actors; Die: a pedagogical fiction for actor as story-telling teacher; and The Art of Lies and Obfuscation for one actor who is in dialogue with the filmed roles of her mother, her twin sister, her daughter and her digital artefact.

Among many other works, some of which are still waiting production, are Snipers (theatre, film and surround score), The Wife of Empedocles and the film version of Otto, together with their accompanying music scores.

Since 2022, Edward has resided in Bristol, UK.