Sound Designs by Gareth Fry - 2015

Let The Right One In

St Ann's Warehouse, New York. Director: John Tiffany. National Theatre of Scotland. 
Production also played the Dundee Rep and Royal Court Theatre in 2013 and Apollo Theatre, London in 2014

"its world pulses with otherworldly undercurrents, beautifully sustained by Gareth Fry’s sound design" Ben Brantley, New York Times

"Gareth Fry did the sensational sound design." Ben Brantley, New York Times

"Gareth Fry's soundscape sends a menacing pulse through the action that resolves into the thump of a frightened heart." Susannah Clapp, Observer

"Accompanied by Gareth Fry’s evocative sound design, the production constantly teeters on an anticipatory edge, toying with the film’s horror origins but converting it to a more fitting level of suspense for the stage" Ian Foster, The Public Review

"t's as unexpected, and as unusual, as anything on Shaftesbury Avenue in recent years, with ... a soundscape by Gareth Fry that sets new standards in atmospheric scariness." Michael Coveney, WhatsOnStage

"There’s an air of wistfulness, longing and loneliness to John Tiffany’s appealing, occasionally ethereal production, which is underscored by a thrillingly haunting soundscape from Gareth Fry." Fiona Montford, Evening Standard

PJ Harvey - Recording in Progress

Somerset House - sound system installation


Frantic Assembly, Lyric Hammersmith. Directors: Scott Graham & Stephen Hoggett.

"One of the best things about the production is that it gets the details so right... the distant thump of disco music and barking dogs in Gareth Fry's sound design," Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

How To Hold Your Breath

Royal Court Downstairs. Directed by Vicki Featherstone.


Almeida Theatre. Directed by Sacha Wares.

500 Years of Hampton Court: A Digital Tapestry

Hampton Court Buttery, for 59 Productions. More here

The Hudsucker Proxy

Southampton Nuffield and Liverpool Playhouse. Directed by Simon Dormandy and Toby Sedgwick

Hampton Court 500: REWIND

Hampton Court Palace for 59 Productions. More here

F.I.N.D. 15: Amazon Beaming

Schaubuhne, Berlin for Complicite. Directed by Simon McBurney

The Merchant of Venice

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, RSC, Stratford. Directed by Polly Findlay.

Birkbeck directors course

Sound design workshop

Glastonbury: Land and Legend

V&A exhibition at the Prague Quadrennial.


Prague Quadrennial

Sound design workshop

Time lapse film of Somerset House Summer Series

for American Express

Fully Committed

Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Directed by Mark Setlock

The Encounter

Edinburgh International Festival and UK tour, for Complicite. Read more here

★★★★ Time Out "jaw-droppingly sophisticated sound design"
★★★★★ The Daily Telegraph
"What you hear has the intimacy of someone whispering in your ears, as if snuggled up beside you. But, more than that, thanks to an array of sonic gadgetry ... the effect is fully immersive – so that you hear sounds from all sides, conjured with disconcerting pinpoint precision."
"perturbing, polyphonic paradise."
"we too are taken into a synapse-altering space, floating free of modernity’s plastic trappings. Does that sound like a far-fetched claim? Honestly, with this head-turning, spellbinding show, hearing is believing."

★★★★★ The Independent "A must-see - or perhaps I should say, a must-hear."

★★★★★ Financial Times "a rich and intricate soundscape ... this one-man show bursts with colour and life, a seamless blend of technology and storytelling."

★★★★★ The Scotsman "a complex, beautifully-balanced and almost infinitely inventive stream of live and recorded sound, delivered to the audience on headphones,"

★★★★★ The Herald "sound designer Gareth Fry ... [has] integrated a dazzling technical display into McBurney's journey ... in an astonishing theatrical feat where discovery is all."

★★★★★ Variety "Gareth Fry’s design piles up layers of sounds — recorded interviews, foley effects, a soundscape of McBurney’s home study. The effect is a soundcloud of a process, in which fact and fiction, past and present, research and production intermingle, spinning a story out of the air."

★★★★★ The Stage " the performance is transferred from the stage deep into the heads of the audience (literally, or so it feels). ... his whispers move around the inside of your head: the way stories are heard at night by a child on the way to sleep, ... Advanced technology and storytelling are married to take a great yarn deep into its roots"

★★★★★ WhatsOnStage "This extraordinary show is a sonic blast and a half ... Sometimes you catch yourself turning around in your seat, so convincing is the wrap-around aural babble of voices, insects, crackling fire, rushing rivers."

★★★★★ The British Theatre Guide "McBurney and his hidden cohorts create some amazing visual and more particularly audio effects ... sounds that initially emanate from his actions begin to reverberate and take on lives of their own."

★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide "a vividly evocative soundscape with its myriad of voices and music revolving in our mind."

★★★★ The Guardian " In a solo performance made with many people ... he pulls the thread of a story from out of the noise of contemporary western life and the sounds of the jungle to create a meditation on interconnectedness, perception and time."
"McBurney’s piece is a Chinese whisper of a show from a far-distant world that is delivered straight into the audience’s head using binaural technology and headphones."
"the technology combines with McBurney’s dense, complex storytelling to lure us deeper into the thickets of the imagination where time is not just one dimension, where there are many different kinds of language and where jaguars hunt."

★★★★ The Times "this revelatory new one-man show from Simon McBurney and his company Complicite, can make you hear the world through new ears".

Photo by Robbie Jack

Photo by Robbie Jack

Film4 Summer Screen cinema

Somerset House

Deloitte Ignite

Royal Opera House for 59 Productions

Glass Menagerie

UK tour for Headlong

NT Studio Directors course

Sound design workshop

Oxfam: Say No To Coal

Advert for 59 Productions, with voice over by Simon Pegg

United Nations Global Goals project

For 59 Productions


Short film accompanying the UN Global Goals project, for 59 Productions. Broadcast on BBC1 and MSNBC.


DV8,  International tour and Lyttelton Theatre, National Theatre. Director: Lloyd Newson. Also broadcast on NT Live

"Gareth Fry’s sound design ... is perfectly judged and executed." The Public Reviews

"The sound, directed by Gareth Fry, is potent and inventive, transforming snatches of pop classics into ironic commentaries on the action." City A.M.

"Gareth Fry’s thoughtful sound design" The Arts Desk

First Love Is The Revolution

Soho Theatre. Directed by Steve Marmiom

Photo by Mark Douet

Photo by Mark Douet

Photo by Mark Douet

Photo by Mark Douet

CBeebies Alice in Wonderland 

Broadcast on CBeebies over Christmas and on BBC2 on New Year's Eve.


Somerset House Ice Rink

A Christmas Carol

Noel Coward Theatre for Sonia Friedman Productions

Photo by Johan Persson

Photo by Johan Persson