Oliver Twist at Leeds Playhouse
For the past few weeks Alistair Lacey has been working with John Biddle, the sound designer at The Leeds Playhouse, where he has been working with the sound technicians on the mixing desk during the live performances. Leeds Playhouse is in collaboration with "Ramps On The Moon" (which is a project that strives to represent and recognise disabled actors within the theatre industry. The performance itself displays some of the struggles faced by those with disabilities (for example some parts are without vocals when two deaf people are in conversation, where subtitles are put on the screen for those who cannot read British Sign Language). The performance is written and rehearsed with input from sign language consultants and an audio description consultant (Ben Wilson).
Alistair says ‘this has been a fantastic opportunity for me to learn how to use software such as QLab, learn how the industry works and to contribute my own ideas to the production’s sound design. Participating in the production Oliver Twist has been a very valuable experience. I’ve especially enjoyed finding out about how the use of bass frequencies (PAs with cones facing the floor) can enable deaf people to feel the vibrations of sound and how audio description recordings can be made available through the use of in-seat headphones.”
Dr Sue Miller is a Reader in music, teaching on the undergraduate and postgraduate courses in performance and production. As an academic and practitioner she specialises in popular music analysis, improvisation, ethnomusicology and performance.