My first career was as a sound designer for theatre, and I still enjoy creating sound designs that are atmospheric, complex, funny, subtle, powerful and visceral. My work for director Hilda Hellwig was formative for my style of sound design, which treats both sounds, music and silence as instruments in an expressive sound track composition that is fluid, gestural and emotionally pliable. There is no strict division between sound design and composition in my work for drama: they are both sonic means for shaping the expression of the performance.
The Laramie Project
This is a play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project about the reaction to the 1998 murder of University of Wyoming gay student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. This production was directed by Josh Seymour and played at The Curve theatre in Leicester, UK in March 2012.
Photo: Pamela Raith
Moira Buffini's classic black comedy about what happens when grand ideas aren't all they're built up to be. This production by Behind The Eye Theatre was directed by William Maynard and played at The Baron's Court theatre in London in May-June 2013.
Photo: Maximilian Clarke
Swedish August Strindberg's classic play in a production by UK Touring Theatre. It was directed by Denis Noonan and toured the UK during spring and autumn 2013. I composed the main theme and worked with musician Andy Hultberg to arrange, record and produce the Swedish folk music used in the performance.
This classic Greek drama was produced by Fire Under the Horizon Theatre, directed by Cieranne Kennedy Bell and played at the White Bear Theatre in London in May-June 2013.
Photo: Fire Under the Horizon