Archive for the ‘Sound Design’ Category

The Tell-Tale Heart Autumn Tour

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014


The 2014 Autumn tour of Little Earthquake’s The Tell-Tale Heart begins in October. Laurence Saunders gives a brilliant performance as Poe’s tormented narrator Simon and I join him on stage as his Doctor, revealing the sonic details of Simon’s murderous tale with an array of props and vegetables.

Have you ever envisaged the sound a dismembered human body might make? Well in Little Earthquake’s adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s gruesome short story The Tell Tale Heart, sound is the play’s third character…

As Simon retells the story, Iain provides the sounds from a table of strange and fascinating props. In fact, the audience are in awe of what prop will be used next… This is a great way to retell a Gothic classic and Saunders creation of the mad nurse is worth the ticket price alone.

- Matt Jarram, Loughborough Echo

With support from several Rural Touring promoters we’ll be playing the following dates:


TTHboth04/10/14 Smethwick, Black Country Touring

22/10/14 Chester, Cheshire Rural Touring Arts

25/10/14 Malvern, Live and Local

31/10/14 Bromyard, Arts Alive

01/11/14 Tattenhall, Cheshire Rural Touring Arts

14/11/14 Caistor, Lincolnshire Rural & Community Touring

15/11/14 Wickenby, Lincolnshire Rural & Community Touring

30/11/14 Matlock, Live and Local



For full details and booking info visit the Little Earthquake website.

A Journey Round My Skull – Teaser

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

A Journey Round My Skull (TEASER) from Mathew Beckett on Vimeo.

KILN Ensemble’s A Journey Round My Skull  will be showing at Latitude Festival on 19/07/14 and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 01-24/08/14 at Summerhall. This great teaser was made by Mathew Beckett.

The show’s been getting some great reviews at the fringe. I’ve posted some links on the project page.

City Of The Blind

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
city of the blind promo image

City of the Blind promotional image. Photo: Minttu Mäntynen. Concept: David Leddy. Pictured: Claire Knight.


Earlier this year I worked as assistant sound designer to Pippa Murphy on City Of The Blind, a multi-media political thriller written and directed by David Leddy. Available from 1st August 2014 for smartphones and tablets, this groundbreaking drama presents its story through text, audio, video and photos.

It is an emotionally complex and intellectually provocative drama that follows U.N. investigator and whistleblower Cassie Al-Khatib caught in a web of surveillance, violence, and counter-intelligence. Throughout six thirty-minute-long chapters you access secret files to hear Cassie’s voicemail, intercept her emails, and watch CCTV. The piece is based on research into shocking real-life abuse committed by U.N. peacekeepers.

Available at for £8.99

City Of The Blind has received favourable reviews: ***** from The Stage and British Theatre Guide and **** from The Scotsman

A Journey Round My Skull

Friday, February 28th, 2014
A journey round my skull production shot

Photographs © Jonathan Blackford 2014

I recently finished work on the sound design for A Journey Round My Skull by Kindle Theatre. This project has been in development for the last year and is inspired by the extraordinary medical memoir written by Hungarian satirist Frigyes Karinthy. The memoir presents the author’s account of his diagnosis with a brain tumour and its subsequent removal during awake brain surgery.

A journey round my skull production shot

Photographs © Jonathan Blackford 2014

In collaboration with writer Nick Walker, Olivia Winteringham has adapted this memoir into a one woman show in which the tumour and its surgical removal become a metaphor for the lengths one might go to to eradicate painful or embarrassing memories. Frigyes experienced aural hallucinations as a symptom of his condition and we have developed this as a central idea in the work. We also used sound as the medium through which to recreate the experience of brain surgery. This involved research and sound recording inside hospital operating theatres and the use of binaural sound, delivered via headphones, to create an intimate and personal experience for each audience member.

The show opened in the Studio at Bristol Old Vic in February and will be touring in March and May to venues in Cambridge, Manchester, Birmingham, Norwich, Wolverhampton and London. Full details are available on the Kindle website.