Archive for the ‘Commissions’ Category

A Journey Round My Theatre

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

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‘A Journey Round My Theatre’ is now available online to download for you to enjoy at your leisure in the foyer spaces of Birmingham Repertory Theatre. You can also borrow mp3 players and headphones from the box office or stream over their free wi-fi. I was commissioned by KILN Ensemble to work with Olivia Winteringham to realise her concept for this architectural soundwalk featuring her grandfather Graham Winteringham, the architect of the REP.

There is further information on the flyer, plus a helpful map to guide you around. Download the PDF flyer and map here.

  

For more information about this project visit the project page.

Birmingham REP Soundwalk

Thursday, March 26th, 2015


Birmingham Rep + Library of Birmingham – 2014-02-11 – Andy Mabbett – 01” by Andy MabbettOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

I have recently been enjoying working with Olivia Winteringham of KILN Ensemble who I collaborated with previously on the theatre piece ‘A Journey Round My Skull’. This time we have been producing a recorded soundwalk around the public spaces of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

Olivia’s grandfather Graham Winteringham was the architect of the theatre which he designed and built in 1971. The soundwalk takes the form of an architectural audio tour and features Graham talking about his design, some of the challenges he faced and the odd anecdote. The piece is interspersed with field recordings from around the theatre including backstage areas, the main auditorium, rehearsal spaces and administration offices.

Like the sound design for ‘A Journey Round My Skull’ the soundwalk was mostly recorded binaurally in order to create a realistic spatial representation in sound when listened to on headphones.

The 40min soundwalk will soon be available online as a free download for the public to enjoy in the foyer spaces of the REP.

Sixty-Six Books – Bush Theatre, London

Friday, October 7th, 2011

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I’ve just finished a commission from Sound and Music working on an audio installation project with the Bush Theatre in London.

Sixty-Six Books is the inaugural show in the Bush Theatre’s new home, an ambitious project celebrating the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible.  A cycle of sixty-six new works have been commissioned – plays, poems, stories and songs – each of which provide a contemporary response to the themes, stories and ideas in one of the sixty-six books of the Bible. Together they represent an unprecedented commissioning cycle in terms of the scale, range and quality of the writers involved.  They include: Archbishop Rowan Williams, Neil Labute, Wole Soyinka, Jackie Kay, David Edgar, Kwame Kwei Armah, Andrew Motion, Michael Rosen, Carol Ann Duffy and Billy Bragg.

I have recorded and produced twelve of the writer’s responses for inclusion in an installation that uses modifed telephone boxes as interactive listening stations. Users can select, and listen to the twelve responses at their leisure. The phone boxes include responses from Andrew Motion, Jackie Kay, Billly Bragg, Laura Dockrill and Michael Rosen. There are four phone boxes located: outside the Bush Theatre; in the foyer of the National Theatre; at Foyles Boookshop on the Southbank; in the West 12 Shopping Centre in Shepherd’s Bush.

The complete cycle of works will be performed at the Bush Theatre and Westminster Abbey from the 10-29th October. The phone boxes will be accessible throughout this period, during the opening hours of the respective venues. You can book tickets for the performances via the Bush Theatre website, the phone boxes are free.