Category Archives: Sheffield Crucible

KES opens at Sheffield Crucible

Very happy that Kes has officially opened at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre to a brilliant response. A dance theatre adaptation directed and choreographed by Jonathan Watkins based on Barry Hines’ celebrated novel A Kestral For A Knave, I wrote and produced the hour and a half score.

The reviews have already been coming in -

“Alex Baranowski’s impressive score marries rippling, Nyman-esque piano figures with a keening, locally sourced flugelhorn…” (The Guardian) ****

“This unique production hits every note near-perfectly, bringing together an insistent and compelling new musical score, ravishing movement, puppetry and top notch performances to create a really special and fast-moving experience – even for those who turned up expecting a more traditional telling of this classic tale.” (Independent) ****

“The movements of the characters echo the freedom-constraint dichotomy of the environment.. the long-arcing strings and pizzicato percussive sounds of composer Alex Baranowski’s score play with the same elongation-punch counterpoint” (Observer) ****

“Makes your heart soar” (The Telegraph) ****

I’ll be putting some musical snippets up of the music very shortly, and I’m planning to release some of the music in the future. Feel free to join my mailing list here to be notified of its release and to receive the odd free music track.

Chester Hayes in Kes

The Last Days of Troy by Simon Armitage

Thrilled to be working again with Nick Bagnall composing for The Last Days of Troy, written by poet and novelist Simon Armitage – opening at the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre on 8th May 2014 and transferring to The Globe in London June 2014. The cast includes Lily Cole as Helen of Troy.

I last collaborated with Nick Bagnall on the epic Henry VI trilogy last year at The Globe; and Betrayal at the Sheffield Crucible with John Simm.

For more information about the production visit the RET’s website here

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“Kes” dance theatre piece at Sheffield Crucible

I’m presently deep into writing and rehearsals for Kes which is premiering at the Sheffield Crucible from 27th March to 5th April 2014. A mixture of dance, puppetry, physical theatre and of course music (an hour and a half of it), the production is directed and choreographed by Jonathan Watkins (who I previously collaborated with at the Royal Opera House for Ballet Black).

A re-imagining of Barry Hines’ celebrated book A Kestrel for a Knave the production tells the story of Billy Casper, a boy shaped by the contrasting worlds of an industrial working class Barnsley.. and the natural landscape around him.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit the Sheffield Crucible’s website here.

Once the show is opened, I’ll be putting a selection of the soundtrack up here on my website and to download from iTunes. To keep up to date with the release and the odd music freebie, feel free to join my email list here (it won’t be passed on to anyone, ever).

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World Premiere of “Kes” dance theatre adaption by Jonathan Watkins

Excited to announce I’m writing the original music for a very special dance theatre adaptation of Kes directed and choreographed by Jonathan Watkins opening at the Sheffield Crucible in March 2014.

Based on Barry Hines’ celebrated book “A Kestrel For A Knave” the production is being designed by Ben Stones and will feature eight professional and 20 young local dancers to combine dance, physical theatre and puppetry in this world premiere production.

I previously collaborated with Jonathan for “Together Alone” with Ballet Black at the Royal Opera House and for short film “Sofa” commissioned by Channel 4.

For more information and to buy tickets (twelve performances only!) head to the Sheffield Theatre’s website here.

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Betrayal with John Simm at the Crucible

I’ve just started work on music and sound for Harold Pinter’s Betrayal showing at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre from 18th May 2012. Directed by Nick Bagnall it stars John Simm as Jerry and Colin Tierney as Robert. Very pleased to be back at the theatre so soon after the success of Othello late last year (with The Wire stars Dominik West and Clarke Peters in the title roles).

Frankenstein, Othello, and Merchant of Venice in Michael Billigton’s best of 2011

Very happy to see Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein (NT Olivier), Daniel Evans’ Othello (Sheffield Crucible) and Rupert Goold’s Merchant of Venice (RSC Stratford) were amongst Michael Billington’s top shows of 2011. I’ve been immensely proud of having a large involvement in the music / sound for all three shows (Frankenstein working with Underworld, Merchant of Venice working with Adam Cork). Read the full article here.

Othello at the Sheffield Crucible

I was composer and sound designer for Othello directed by Daniel Evans which enjoyed a completely sell out run at the Sheffield Crucible September to October 2011, featuring Dominic West and Clarke Peters as Iago and Othello – a pair previously seen together on hit American TV series “The Wire”. To find out more about the production visit the Crucible’s own website here. Some of my soundtrack to the show is available to listen below;