A Tender Thing

 

I have just finished work on the music and sound design for A Tender Thing written Ben Power and directed by Louie Ingham for The Dukes Theatre.

It has been such a brilliant show to work on, and with an incredible team. The government voted against the assisted dying bill whilst we were in rehearsals and it has been fantastic to see and hear the response from audiences and the discussions the show provokes. The show has been getting some great reviews, too.

A Tender Thing

Edinburgh Festivals

EIF 2015

Two shows I have worked on were remounted for the Edinburgh International Festival and the Made in Scotland Showcase at the Traverse theatre.

Dragon by Vox Motus, National Theatre of Scotland and Tianjin People’s Art Theatre is currently on tour across Scotland but was also shown at the Edinburgh International Festival. Very proud to have my work shown alongside such a brilliant programme of artists including Robert Lapage and Complicite.

Dragon EIF 2015

★★★★ The Scotsman “difficult to miss the elegance of the show’s 80 minute narrative curve, the motional subtlety of the story it tells and the sheer visual beauty and imagination of the telling” ★★★★ The Guardian “one of those theatrical experiences that will live forever in the memory” ★★★★ What’s On Stage “a fanciful and bewitching show which strikes at the soul and at the mind”

Following performances across the UK, Scotland and Brazil, Tomorrow by Vanishing Point, was shown as part of the Traverse Theatre’s festival programme and it has been wonderful to see such a powerful response to the show.
Tomorrow Traverse Theatre 2015 2
it’s worth doing anything to secure a ticket” ★★★★★ The Telegraph
visionary…an intergral spectacle of this year’s Fringe” ★★★★★ FestMag 
visually and aurally ravishing” ★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★ The Skinny
★★★★ The List ★★★★ The Times  ★★★★ The Scotsman ★★★★ The Herald
★★★★ Time Out ★★★★ The Sunday Times ★★★★ TVBomb ★★★★ British Theatre ★★★★ British Theatre Guide ★★★★ Edinburgh Guide 
★★★★★ A Younger Theatre ★★★★★ Morning Star

 

 

V&A Make/Believe Exhibition

V&A Make Believe 2015

Some of my music and sound design work from Your Country Called (And It Wants You Back) is currently on display at the V&A as part of the Make/Believe: UK Design for Performance exhibition.

It’s brilliant to have sound design recognised so fully alongside the other disciplines and many thanks to Karen Lauke and the Association of Sound Designers for making it all happen.

The exhibition runs until January 3rd and the exhibition also features some of the set, lighting and puppet design from Dragon which I created the sound design for and is about to be remounted for the Edinburgh International Festival.

 

 

 

Summer Update

EIF 2015

Very excited to announce that two shows I worked on are being shown again at the Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe Festival.

Dragon, by Vox Motus, the National Theatre of Scotland and Tianjin Children’s Art Theatre opens at the Royal Lyceum theatre as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, following a tour across China last year, and an award for best technical presentation at the CATS Awards in 2014.

Dragon EIF

Tomorrow a co-production with Vanishing Point, Brighton Festival, Tramway (Glasgow) and Cena Contemporânea (Brasilia), in association with SESC (Sao Paulo), Stanislavsky Season Festival (Moscow), Platform (Easterhouse) and National Theatre Studio (London) is also being remounted for a run across the Fringe festival at the Traverse Theatre.

Tomorrow Traverse Theatre 2015 V2

 

Update

It’s been a very busy Spring. Alongside recent shows opening at the Royal Court and National Theatre of Scotland, The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler was remounted for it’s English premiere at the Brighton Festival in May.

Beautiful Cosmos Brighton

Building up to the general election in April, I also worked on Your Country Called (and it wants you back) directed by Louie Ingham at the Dukes Theatre. Written by Laurence Wilson and Eddie Robson and using interviews with international students from Lancaster university, the show tackled the immigration, migration and the disillusionment of first time voters in a incredibly powerful theatrical display. A true pleasure to have worked with those young people on such important and timely subject matter over the production.

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Violence and Son Opens at the Royal Court

Royal Court Theatre

I have just finished work on the music and sound for Violence and Son by Gary Owen and directed by Hamish Pirie at the Royal Court theatre. The show runs in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs until July 11th.

A superb cast and crew and incredible writing. Great to see it getting such good reviews and stirring conversations with audiences.

Violence and Son

∗∗∗∗’A sucker punch of a play’ Time Out

∗∗∗∗ ‘Darkly comic domestic drama’ The Telegraph

∗∗∗∗ ‘Funny, moving and ultimately very unsettling’ The Stage
∗∗∗∗ ‘Amusingly awkward’ The Times

∗∗∗∗ ‘Impossible to forget’ The Arts Desk 

Point to Point Binaural Audio Walk

Very excited to have launched Point to Point, a collaboration between Louie Ingham, Lee Mattinson and myself and commissioned by Lakes Culture for the Lakes Ignite festival.

It’s a free, site specific contemporary audio experience based around Wainwright’s Walla Crag that’s available until the end of May.

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Happy New Year

Lots of exciting projects in the pipeline for 2015.

Further announcements coming soon.

In the meantime, some of my composition and sound design work is currently on display at the Make / Believe: UK Design for Performance Exhibition from The Society of British Theatre Designers.

You can also see Jamie Harrison displaying some of his incredible puppet designs from Dragon, an award winning show we worked together on in Glasgow and China.

 

God Bless the Child Opens

I have just completed work on the music and sound for God Bless the Child at the Royal Court theatre.

It has been a fantastic month of rehearsals with an incredible cast and wonderful team at the Royal Court. Great to hear the audience debating issues about schools, children and the powers that be after each peformance.

It runs until December 20th.

Here are some excerpts from the score: