2017

Venue: Royal Alexandra Theatre. Toronto, Ontario

The Lorax

Writer: David Greig

Director: Max Webster

Sound Design: Tom Gibbons

Associate Sound Design: Dan Balfour

"Long before 'going green' was mainstream, The Lorax spoke for the trees and warned of the dangers of disrespecting the environment. The powerful message of THE LORAX has enlightened generations about the importance of seeing the beauty in the world around us and our responsibility to protect it. 

 

This classic story has been brilliantly adapted for the stage by David Greig, with music and lyrics by Charlie Fink, and directed by Max Webster, in a dazzling new show direct from London’s acclaimed Old Vic theatre. This funny, moving, and inspiring show that The Independent calls “terrifically inventive”, is a riot of eye-popping colour, gorgeous puppetry and infectious original music. "

Creative Team

Director: Max Webster

Sound Design: Tom Gibbons

Associate Sound Design: Dan Balfour

Music & Lyrics: Charlie Fink

Musical Director: Phil Bateman

Sound No.1: James Melling

Puppetry: Finn Caldwell

Design: Rob Howell

Lighting Design: Jon Clark

Creative Team

Director: Rob Shaw Cameron

Sound Design: Dan Balfour

Assistant Sound Design: Jack Vincent

Design: Alex Gunnarson

Lighting Design: Beth Gupwell

Venue: Leicester Curve, Royal Central School Of Speech And Drama

#DR@CULA

Writer: Bryony Lavory

Director: Rob Shaw Cameron

Sound Design: Dan Balfour

"Jonno is anxious. Wren is delusional again, Vanessa is still in prison for hacking and all his other close guy friends have got mega-crushes on the same airhead girl, Lucy. The rest of the girl gang want her to get married so they can organise a knockout hen party and everybody’s doing too many controlled substances. His technophobe girlfriend Mina has got her first smartphone and it’s not going well … and now he’s got to go abroad to sell a property to a Lord Cauldar.

Multi-award winning playwright, Bryony Lavery, updates the classic Bram Stoker novel. In a world of cool music, sexting, pornography and tweeting….is anybody safe from Dracula?"

People Places And Things

Venue: Manchester HOME, UK Tour

Headlong

Writer: Duncan McMillan

Director: Jeremy Herrin & Holly Race Roughan

Sound Design: Tom Gibbons

Associate Sound Design: Dan Balfour

"Following a critically-acclaimed, sold-out season at the National Theatre and in London's West End, People, Places & Things will tour the UK this autumn with a new cast to be announced.

Emma was having the time of her life. Now she's in rehab.

Her first step is to admit that she has a problem. But the problem isn't with Emma, it's with everything else. She needs to tell the truth. But she's smart enough to know that there's no such thing.

When intoxication feels like the only way to survive the modern world, how can she ever sober up?"

Creative Team

Director: Jeremy Herrin & Holly Race Roughan

Sound Design: Tom Gibbons

Associate Sound Design: Dan Balfour

Music: Mathew Herbert

Design: Bunny Christie

Lighting Design: James Farncombe

Video Design: Andrzej Goulding 

Venue: Traverse Theatre, UK Tour 

"The Great Barrier Reef, 1995.

Meera is eleven. It’s her first sleepover. Strawberry Dunkaroos, Sega Mega Drive and coral fragment analysis descends into torch-lit storytelling from sleeping bags.

Lights off. In the corner, Meera’s aquarium is beginning to glow.

Outside over the reef, the Frogman hovers, looking for traces of a missing child.

As police search lights refract through the ocean, the annual coral bloom is due, creating an underwater snowstorm. Time is running out.

A coming-of-age, supernatural thriller, this is a ground-breaking theatre experience, experienced in VR headsets and live theatre from double Fringe First-winners, curious directive."

Frogman

Curious Directive

Writer & Director: Jack Lowe

Sound Design: Pete Malkin

Associate Sound Design: Dan Balfour

Creative Team

Director: Jack Lowe

Sound Design: Pete Malkin

Associate Sound Design: Dan Balfour

Music: Theo Whitworth

Design: Camilla Clarke

A Dangerous Woman

Venue: Birmingham Rep. Uk Tour

Writer: Manjeet Man

Director: Yael Shavit

Sound Design: Dan Balfour

"We all had the desire to leave. I felt it from them. A pulse. A real flesh and blood pulse. I know they felt it, you couldn't ignore it, couldn't speak of it. So we silenced its beat.

A Dangerous Woman tells the story of one woman's struggle to carve her own path in a family of six women. Women who are both allies and enemies. Based on Manjeet's own experience this bold and unapologetic new play explores what happens when you dare to challenge conformity, and make your voice heard.  Recently labelled as a dangerous woman, Manjeet Mann explores what it means to be strong and dangerous.

Be the first to see this honest and unflinching brand new show."

Creative Team

Director: Yael Shavit

Sound Design: Dan Balfour

Lighting Design: Joshua Gadsby

Venue: UK Tour 

"Unlimited’s artistic director Jon Spooner has always wanted to go to space.

“Ever since I was 7 years old and watched NASA launch its first Space Shuttle mission and I saw how beautiful the Earth looked from all the way above it, up there looking down… since then, it has been my dream to go there too.”

How I Hacked My Way Into Space tells the frankly, bizarre inspirational story of a 43 year old man’s midlife crisis creative adventure to hack his way into space from his garden shed in England, via the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, to Johnson Space Centre in Houston Texas and a rocket launch at Cape Canaveral in Florida."

How I Hacked My Way Into Space

Unlimited Theatre

Writer & Director: Jon  Spooner

Sound Design: Elena Pena

Associate Sound Design: Dan Balfour

Creative Team

Director: Jon Spooner

Sound Design: Elena Pena

Associate Sound Design: Dan Balfour

Music: Public Service Broadcasting

The Devils

Venue: Royal Central School Of Speech And Drama

Writer: John Whiting

Director: Ben Naylor

Sound Design: Dan Balfour

"Originally commissioned for the RSC's first season in 1961, John Whiting's dramatisation of Aldous Huxley's historical novel The Devils of Loudun was itself later adapted by Ken Russell into one of the most shocking and controversial films of the 1970s.

This staging, by the team behind 2015's The Suicide and last year's Mary Stuart at Central, rediscovers for the 21st century the play's steely focus on perennial and troubling questions, of the reality of evil and of our collusion with it."

Creative Team

Director: Ben Naylor & Anna Healey

Design: Max Dorey

Sound Design: Dan Balfour

Lighting Design: Joshua Gadsby

Venue: Young Vic 

Life Of Galileo

Writer: Bertold Brecht

Director: Joe Wright

Music: Tom Rowlands (Chemical Brothers)

Sound Design: Tom Gibbons

Associate Sound Design: Dan Balfour

BAFTA Award-winning film director Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice) returns to the Young Vic after his celebrated production of A Season in the Congo.

Brendan Cowell plays Galileo following his acclaimed performance in Yerma. Galileo makes an explosive discovery about the universe with his new invention – the telescope.

Performed in-the-round on a stunning set designed by Lizzie Clachan (Yerma, A Season in the Congo), the show features original music by The Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowlands and projections by 59 Productions (Feast, War Horse).

Creative Team

Director: Joe Wright

Design: Lizzie Clachan

Sound Design: Tom Gibbons

Music: Tom Rowlands (Chemical Brothers)

Associate Sound Design: Dan Balfour

Lighting Design: Jon Clark

Video Design: 59 Productions

Seafret

Venue: The Old Red Lion, Hightide Festival

Writer: Tallulah Brown

Director: Carla Kingham

Sound Design: Dan Balfour

Rising sea levels are threatening the ground beneath her house but Ruby is wildly distracted. She wants one final blow out before her best mate Lucy leaves for Uni.

With the local community in favour of letting nature take its course, Ruby must choose: follow Lucy inland or stay and help her father hold back the tide.

SEA FRET is about erosion - the collapsing and falling in of the rock solids of friendship, family and home.

“Loving where you live with every bone in your body has got to count for something.”

Creative Team

Director: Carla Kingham

Design: Ruta Irbite

Sound Design: Dan Balfour

Lighting Design: Simon Gethin Thomas

Film Series 

At a time of political turmoil, unprecedented world events and an increasingly divided society, what does inspiring leadership sound like?  

Figures of Speech, a major new digital film project for 2017, will interrogate the vitality of speech to remember.

The Almeida Theatre brings together the most exciting artists to take risks; to provoke, inspire and surprise our audiences; to interrogate the present, dig up the past and imagine the future.

And so, we are on a quest to rediscover leadership, to put history’s greatest speeches back on the map, to come together and experience the moments when men and women stood in front of people to find that words are electric, hope is immortal and ideas can carve a path through history and into the future.

A concert of voices who demand to be heard, either again or for the first time, will take centre stage, as Figures of Speech uses the power of performance to explore big political and social ideas. This website creates a platform for a wider interrogation of what leadership and the power of the spoken word mean in 2017.

Figures Of Speech

Almeida Theatre

Director: Anthony Almeida

Sound Design (Graphics): Dan Balfour

Creative Team

Director: Anthony Almeida
Film: Todd MacDonald for Illuminations Media
Sound Design (Graphics): Dan Balfour
Graphics: Joseph Pierce for Illuminations Media

Sex With Strangers

Venue: Hampstead Theatre

Writer: Laura Eason

Director: Peter DuBois

Sound Design: Max Pappenheim

Associate Sound Design: Dan Balfour

Olivia, an attractive and talented but underappreciated mid-career writer, is unexpectedly trapped overnight in a secluded, snowed-in B&B with Ethan, an equally attractive and wildly successful young blogger. 

Her latest novel is an unsung masterpiece; his blog is being made into a movie. She prefers books; he prefers eBooks. She is anonymous; he has half a million Twitter followers. But opposites soon attract – passionately – as each realise they want more of what the other has. But the closer they get, the more they must confront the murky side of ambition, success and Wi-Fi…

Creative Team

Director: Peter DeBois

Associate Director: Carla Kingham

Design: Johnathan Fensom

Sound Design: Max Pappenheim

Associate Sound Design: Dan Balfour

Lighting Design: Natasha Chivers

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