Goldilocks at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. I was lucky enough to be asked to sound design the panto in Ipswich again this year. We had the usual setup of actor musicians playing a variety of instruments! Peter Rowe — Director & Writer Cleo Pettitt — Set & Costume Designer Ben Goddard — Musical Supervisor […]
Aladdin at Derby Arena DIRECTOR Mark Chatterton ARRANGEMENTS Dave Culling LIGHTING DESIGNER David Phillips PRODUCERS Alan Bowles and Morgan Brind PRODUCTION MANAGER Alan Bowles WRITER / DESIGNER Morgan Brind CHOREOGRAPHER Rae Piper SOUND DESIGNER James Cook
A world premiere starring West End actor-musicians. It started at a party back in the 80s. Ian the top record producer, Phil, the rising pop star, Becca the breezy studio receptionist and a glance across a crowded floor that sparks a blaze to last a lifetime. What could go wrong? As the three look back […]
Romeo & Juliet – Stafford Castle
I was asked to Sound Design Romeo & Juliet at Stafford Castle for The Gatehouse Theatre’s 30th Year of producing a Shakespear play at the Castle. I’l take you through some of the design decisions in this post and give you an insight into the system setup and some of the challenges we faced. This […]
Burke & Hare
Burke & Hare
Ladies of Letters
Ladies of Letters
The Red Tree
I was Sound Designer for The Red Tree. A Live streamed theatre show devised by Red Earth Theatre streamed to hundreds of schools across the country. BSL was the main language used in the production, along with some singing. The show was devised from a picture book by the same name. As it was streamed, […]
After an extra year of beauty sleep, the Derby Arena pantomime is back with a bang!
Jack and the Beanstalk
I Sound Designed Jack and the Beanstalk at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich. It’s a wirlwind of a show with integrated video elements and live actor musicians singing and playing the songs.
1910. Balliol College. Dangerous rifts are appearing between the ‘have’ and the ‘have-nots’. Of the fifty-three freshers who went up some four years earlier, eighteen had been to Eton. In an increasingly personalised and bitter feud, will social influence and wealth prevail over those dedicated to improving the lives of the poor and hungry on […]
Never Lost At Home
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Ipswich Town Football Club’s UEFA Cup win in 1981, the New Wolsey Theatre presents a brand-new musical – Never Lost at Home. An Actor Musician Musical with Click track, Live music, Timed video and surround sound effects. Every show Live Streamed to audiences at home. Shure Axient, Yamaha CL5, Redundant […]
The Snow Queen
I Sound Designed The Snow Queen for the Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich in 2020. We managed to produce and perform the show inbetween local lockdowns during the Covid-19 Pandemic both to an audience in the theatre, and live streamed every show to an audience at home and around the world. To minimise contact between the […]
During lockdown, we decided to try and create something that was a slightly different take on the traditional Audiobook by adding 3D Specialised sound. This works by simulating how our ears receive and process sound to work out its directional properties. By modelling this process, you are able to place sounds around a listeners head, […]
An Evening of Marvin Gaye
Sound Engineer for An Evening of Marvin Gaye produced by Dont Stop The Beat Productions. Playing a number of theatres across the country.
Once – UK Tour
A Broadway and West End hit musical that’s a ravishing love story with a bittersweet difference, Once casts a spell over the audience just as its two lead characters cast a spell over each other. I am Sound Designer for Once UK Tour 2020. It is a re-mount of the previously successful co-production the Wolsey & Hornchurch […]
The Daisy Chains
I have been a Sound Engineer for The Daisy Chains for over a year now, mixing them up and down the country in venues ranging from theatres to marquees, festivals to crypts. The are a six piece all girl 60’s Rock n Roll outfit.
Aladdin – Rock n Roll Panto
I was Sound Designer for the New Wolsey Theatre’s Panto – Aladdin. Written by Pete Rowe Directed by Kate Golledge Designed by Rebecca Brower Choreographed by Darragh O’Leary Musical Director Barnaby Southgate Lighting design by Richard G Jones Sound Design by James Cook Production photographs taken by Mike Kwasniak
One Man, Two Guvnors
I was sound designer for the Wolsey Theatre and Nuffield Southampton Theatre’s actor musician slant on the popular One Man Two Guvnors. Director: Pete Rowe, Design: Libby, MD: Ben Goddard, LX: Mark Dymock Book By Richard BeanBased on The Servant of Two Masters by Carl Goldoni with songs by Grant Olding Set in the colourful underworld […]
BYMT – The Dickens Girls
I was Sound Designer for BYMT’s The Dickens Girls. With a band of 6 lead by Oli Jackson, the cast performed the musical with just one week rehearsal! Winner of the BYMT New Music Theatre Award 2019
IODS – The Addams Family
The Addams Family – Sound Design. Opp: Shaun Emmerson.
Little Shop of Horrors
Little Shop of Horrors performed at the Plesance theatre in Islington for London Studio Center’s Seedtime company. I sound designed with Peter Hazelwood as Sound #2. Lighting design by David Phillips.
Grandma Saves The Day!
I was Sound Designer for Grandma saves the day! An actor-musician jukebox style 80’s musical based in Ipswich. It’s Ipswich in the late 1980’s and the Giles family are thrown into confusion when the upwardly mobile Stinkletons move in next door. It takes Grandma Giles to sort it all out with a few swift blows […]
Best Sound Design Award
I was nominated for an award at The Great British Pantomime awards 2019 and won Best Sound Design!
Kiss Me Quickstep
A Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich production. Script by Amanda Whittington. Directed by Kirstie Davis, Designer Jess Curtis, Lighting Designer Mark Dymock, Sound Designer James Cook, Choreographer Lucie Pankhurst. Three young couples are striving for glory on the competitive dance circuit – having finally made it to Blackpool’s National Amateur Championships via the motorway hard […]
Jack and the Beanstalk
I Sound designed Jack And The Beanstalk for Little Wolf Entertainment at Derby Arena. This involved complete system design, sourcing sound effects, and crafting the overall sound of the show. Some pics on the read more..
Once The Musical
I was Sound Designer for Once the Musical produced by the New Wolsey Theatre along with Queens Theatre. Once is a well known modern musical performed by actor-musicians. This brings it’s own challenges with every actor needing to be mic’d along with all of their instruments. The show is a very delicate mix, intentionally sounding […]
I was Sound Designer and Sound #1 for Seedtime 2018’s Legally Blonde from London Studio Centre. An intensive tech period lead to two casts of about 40 students performing over 2 weeks.
Our Blue Heaven
The Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich created a piece of theatre to commemorate Ipswich Town FC’s FA Cup win in 1978. The piece followed the storylines of different families on the lead up to the FA Cup win including all of the games in the tournament. A band of actor musicians were used as a soundtrack […]
Up n Under
I was Sound designer for Fingersmith’s touring production of Up n Under. We incorporated live Audio Description from an actor on the stage, and used creative captions throughout the show. We toured an audio description kit for audience members needing to use it to access the show. The sound design consisted of on stage toured […]
Beauty & The Beast
I was Sound Designer for Queens Theatre Hornchurch’s production of Beauty & The Beast 2017. Working with a wonderful creative team including Director Martin Berry, Designer Keith Orton, Lighting Designer Prema Mehta, Musical Director Dan de Cruz, Choreographer Sundeep Kent.
Oxy & The Morons
I Designed the sound for the world premier of Oxy & The Morons at the Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich. A Brand New Punk Musical By Paul Sirett, Mike Peters & Steve Allan Jones
Anita & Me Tour 2017
I was Sound Engineer for the tour of Anita & Me 2017.
High Profile Parties
I was involved with a number of high profile events and private parties.
Sinbad Rock & Roll Panto
I was Production Sound Engineer for the Wolsey Theatre’s Rock & Roll Panto. This involved Prepping hired equipment, installing the show and assisting with the tech both programming and design.
Made in Dagenham
Jackie the Musical
I was Sound #1 on Jackie the Musical UK Tour 2016, working alongside George Chatburn as #2, Simon King as Production Engineer, and Bobby Aitken as Sound Designer.
Sword in the Stone
I was Sound Engineer on the Wolsey Theatre’s production of The Sword in the Stone this year. I programmed and opped the CL3 throughout the run. All the cast were on headmics which aided with the underscore on the intro on the majority of the songs. As usual, handhelds were used for the songs.
Working with Greenspark Productions, I was Sound Engineer for a conference, awards and entertainment show in Brighton. The set was a 1 1/2 day build, and a 3 hour getout. I used the LS9 with a stagebox to mix the 10 ways of RF, and the entertainment in the evening. Which included Andreas Faustini off […]
I was the Sound Engineer when Jo Harman played at the Wolsey Theatre. She had a great 4 piece band accompanying her.
Qlab, Joss & Evelyn
Joss Arnot’s Dance Company had their production week and first couple of shows at Dance East.