Music and sound are central to the way we work, whether live or pre-recorded, a commissioned original piece or an old favourite, an obscure discovery or a classic hit. Combining actors, musicians and pre-recorded sounds, we aim to create soundscapes that immerse the audience in the world of the production and the emotions of the characters. Musicians and composers are present in the rehearsals from the beginning of the process, responding directly to the work of the ensemble and working closely with actors to create pieces for them to sing and play.
‘In the rehearsal room there is not one minute that Ben Osborn is not concentrating on the creation of this sound score, he improvises along with the other actors, experimenting with different unusual instruments, taking copious notes and observing the scenes whilst playing with complementary or contrasting sounds, as if he were playing his own game to find the perfect dynamic for a scene or character. Lesca consistently focuses on the narrative of the sounds, collaborating fully with Ben and the other performers, and only really interrupts Ben when he likes a phrase in the music and asks for it to be developed further.’
– Rosalind Othen, observation of Fellswoop rehearsals from her essay ‘An investigation into the use of soundscapes within FellSwoop Theatre Company’s devising process’ (2013)