benjamin grant

sound designer

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ABOUT ME


I am a sound designer who enjoys working in collaborative and devised processes. I have a background in electronic composition, and experience in designing for physical theatre, dance and installations. I have extensive experience in working in a collaborative way with directors and companies to create work, through the use of foley techniques, music and sound effects.



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CREDITS


2018
Sound Designer, Treasure & Tat (Joel O'Donohughe Company)
Sound Designer, Southwestern (The Wardrobe Ensemble)
Associate Sound Designer (w/ Helen Skiera), I'm Afraid of Amerikans (Sue Dunderdale)
Sound Designer, Isaac Came Home From the Mountain (Carla Kingham)
Sound Designer, When the Rain Stops Falling (Eric Loren)
Sound Designer, So Many Reasons (Fuel Theatre)
Sound Designer, Of Mice and Men (Selladoor)

2017
Sound Designer, Wind in The Willows (The Wardrobe Ensemble)
Associate Sound Designer (w/ Gareth Fry), Wings (Natalie Abrahami)
Sound Designer, Education Education Education (The Wardrobe Ensemble)
Sound Designer, The Road Awaits Us (Annie B Parson)
Sound Designer, Prurience (Christopher Green & Holly Race Roughan)
Sound Designer, ENO Opera Works (Martin Constantine)
Associate Sound Designer (w/ Pete Malkin), The Kid Stays In The Picture (Complicite)
Sound Designer, The Visitor (Trikhon Theatre)

2016
Sound Operator, The Encounter (Complicite)
Sound Designer, Seen And Not Heard (Complicite)
Sound Designer, Measure of Fidget (Joel O'Donohughe Company)
Sound Designer, 10,000 Smarties (Alice Malin)
Sound Designer, Digs (Theatre With Legs)
Associate Sound Designer (w/ Nick Powell), The Tempest (William Gallinsky)
Associate Sound Designer (w/ Gareth Fry), BOY (Sacha Wares)
Sound Designer, In Tents and Purposes (Viscera Theatre)
Sound Designer, Best Served Cold (Holly Race Roughan)

2015
Associate Sound Designer (w/ Pete Malkin), Beware of Pity (Complicite)
Sound Designer, Unmasked, (Acheulian Theatre)
Associate Sound Designer, Run - Edinburgh 2015 Tour (Engineer Theatre)
Sound Designer, The Low Road (Holly Race Roughan)
Assistant Sound Designer (w/ Gareth Fry), The Hudsucker Proxy (Toby Sedgwick & Simon Dormandy)
Composer & Sound Designer, Push (Catherine Alexander & Grainne Byrne)
Sound Designer, Most Certainly Well Worth Knowing (Jayne Port)

2014
Sound Designer, Lady Windermere's Fan (Tim Hardy)
Composer & Sound Designer, A Dream From A Bombshell (Anna Nguyen)
Sound Designer, Talking In Bed, (Rosemary Maltezos)
Composer & Sound Designer, Too Far Right, (Tyrone Purling)
Sound Designer, The Good Person of Setzuan, (Nancy Meckler)
Production Sound, Festen, (Catherine Alexander & Jemima James)

2013
Production Sound, Easy Virtue, (Auriol Smith)
Sound Designer, Hamlet, (Kelly Hunter)
Sound Designer, PACE for Accidental Festival, Camden Roundhouse, (Meera Osborne)
Composer, Sound Designer & Engineer, Metamorphosis, Merchant's Hall, Resuscitate Theatre, (Anna Marshall)

Commercial:
2015 Composer, PUMA X BAPE AW15 Promo Adverts

Radio:
2014-2016 Radio Presenter, Sonic Diversions, Roundhouse Radio
2013 Radio Producer, 'Traders', Roundhouse Radio, (Tara O'Malley)

Education: The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London
BA Hons Theatre Practice: Theatre Sound (Grad. 2015)


ISAAC CAME HOME FROM THE MOUNTAIN 


📝Phil Ormrod.
📍Theatre 503.
🗓May 2018.


Director: Carla Kingham
Set Designer: Eleanor Bull
Lighting Designer: Ali Hunter
Photo: Helen Murray

"Bobby’s out of school and out of work. There’s nothing going and nowhere to go. A job with Mike seems like everything he needs. A steady wage. A bit of self-respect. A chance to make good. If only it were that easy. Driven by a dogged determination to prove his worth, Bobby makes a devastating mistake and risks throwing away his new life before it’s begun."



For this piece of new writing, I used a combination of naturalistic sound effects, which helped to build a sense of Bobby’s surroundings, and wrote music which gave the audience an insight into Bobby’s inner emotional state, as we see him fail to ever communicate succesfully with the world around him.



SOUTHWESTERN



📝The Wardrobe Ensemble.
📍Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol.
🗓July 2018.
Director: Tom Brennan
Designer: Anna Orton
Lighting Designer: Matt Graham
Composer: Tom Crosley-Thorne


“Mae is on a mission. With a shotgun in one hand, a packet of pickled onion Monster Munch in the other, and an expired 16-25 railcard in her back pocket, she picks her way through her past in search of answers. En route she meets Anne Gough, a maverick drifter, and together they wend their way through wind and rain to reach the final frontier of the South West: The Wayfarer’s Arms.

Notorious villains, uneasy alliances, epic showdowns and an epic cinematic score, The Wardrobe Ensemble present the world premiere of this epic tale of blood, guts and cider: a spaghetti western with Cornish pasties.”



For this piece of devised work, I collaborated closely with the Ensemble and composer Tom Crosley-Thorne. Along with Tom’s Ennio Morricone-inspired score, I was able to help build the cinematic quality of the story, which played with and deconstructed cinematic tropes.

SO MANY REASONS


📝Racheal Ofori.
📍Camden People’s Theatre & UK Tour.
🗓January 2018.
Director: Zoe Lafferty
Set Designer: Tanya Stephenson
Lighting Designer: Tanya Stephenson
Producer: Fuel Theatre


"My Mum said to me
‘if you ever have children, don’t have girls.
They give you too much of a headache.’

So Many Reasons is a story about the unique influence our mothers have on how we understand the world, from the perspective of a first generation British Ghanaian woman. Exploring cultural and generational shifts, religion and sexuality, this bold new show asks what happens when we realise mums don’t always know best."




For this one-woman show written and performed by Racheal Ofori, I worked with Racheal and director Zoe Lafferty to build a sense of the world surrounding Melissa, the protagonist, and emphasise the pressures of religion, sexuality and social media being placed onto Melissa.



EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION


📝 The Wardrobe Ensemble.
📍Pleasance Dome & UK Tour.
🗓August 2017.
Directors: Helena Middleton & Jesse Jones
Set Designer: Lucy Sierra
Costume Designer: Flic Jones
Lighting Designer: Katharine Williams


“It's May 1997. Tony Blair has won the election and Katrina and the Waves have won Eurovision. Channel 5 is a month old. No one knows who Harry Potter is. Britain is the coolest place in the world.

At the local secondary school it's a different story. Miss Belltop-Doyle can't control her year 9s, Mr Pashley has been put in charge of a confiscated tamagotchi and for some unknown reason Princess Anne is attending the Year 11 leavers assembly. Tobias, the German language assistant, watches on. Things can only get better.

Education, Education, Education is The Wardrobe Ensemble's love letter to the schools of the 90s and asks big questions about a country in special measures, exploring what we are taught and why, and where responsibility lies.”



For this newly devised piece, I worked with the Ensemble and used sound and music as part of the devising process. TV sitcoms such as Teachers and Green Wing became key reference points in the sound-world of the play, which used a combination of comic sound effects, 90s music, and a set of themes which I composed, which develop throughout the show: