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.
Sound design workshop
Time lapse film of Somerset House Summer Series
for American Express
Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Directed by Mark Setlock
Edinburgh International Festival and UK tour, for Complicite. Read more here
★★★★ Time Out ow.ly/QP8Py "jaw-droppingly sophisticated sound design"
★★★★★ The Daily Telegraph ow.ly/QMvpo
"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 ow.ly/QMvzV "A must-see - or perhaps I should say, a must-hear."
★★★★★ Financial Times ow.ly/QMvHG "a rich and intricate soundscape ... this one-man show bursts with colour and life, a seamless blend of technology and storytelling."
★★★★★ The Scotsman ow.ly/QMvLH "a complex, beautifully-balanced and almost infinitely inventive stream of live and recorded sound, delivered to the audience on headphones,"
★★★★★ The Herald ow.ly/QMvX5 "sound designer Gareth Fry ... [has] integrated a dazzling technical display into McBurney's journey ... in an astonishing theatrical feat where discovery is all."
★★★★★ Variety ow.ly/QMw6S "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 ow.ly/QMwgg " 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 ow.ly/QMxlA "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 ow.ly/QMwpy "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 ow.ly/QMwPj "a vividly evocative soundscape with its myriad of voices and music revolving in our mind."
★★★★ The Guardian ow.ly/QMwvJ " 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 ow.ly/QMxdt "this revelatory new one-man show from Simon McBurney and his company Complicite, can make you hear the world through new ears".
Film4 Summer Screen cinema
Royal Opera House for 59 Productions
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
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