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.

I also write music for commercial/library use- listen here.



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Credits




2021 As Sound Designer:

Story Seekers as Composer & Sound Designer | Unicorn Theatre / National Theatre | dir. Justin Audibert
Everything Has Changed | New Diorama Theatre | Rhum & Clay / dir. Julian Spooner



2020 As Sound Designer:

Michael Kohlhaas | Schaubühne | dir. Simon McBurney & Annabel Arden
Death of England: Delroy | National Theatre: Olivier | dir. Clint Dyer
Where Do We Go Next? | Bunker Theatre | dir. Caitriona Shoobridge
Death of England | National Theatre: Dorfman | dir. Clint Dyer



2019 As Sound Designer:

Little Miss Burden | Bunker Theatre | dir. Debbie Hannan
Clybourne Park | Royal Central School of Speech & Drama | dir. Lindsay Posner
Maggot Moon (Composer & Sound Designer) | Unicorn Theatre | dir. Jesse Jones
I’ll Take You To Mrs Cole! | dir. Catherine Alexander / Complicité
The Last of The Pelican Daughters | The Wardrobe Ensemble / Complicité
Box Clever | Bunker Theatre | dir. Stef O’Driscoll
Killymuck | Bunker Theatre | dir. Caitriona Shoobridge
War Of The Worlds | Rhum & Clay

2019 Other credits:

Associate SD (w/ Tom Gibbons) | Pah-La | Royal Court | dir. Debbie Hannan



2018 As Sound Designer:

Treasure & Tat | Joel O'Donohughe Company
Southwestern | Tobacco Factory Bristol | The Wardrobe Ensemble
Isaac Came Home From the Mountain | Theatre 503 | dir. Carla Kingham
When the Rain Stops Falling | Royal Central School of Speech & Drama | dir. Eric Loren
So Many Reasons | Fuel Theatre
Of Mice and Men | Selladoor

2018 Other credits:

Associate SD (w/ Helen Skiera) | I'm Afraid of Amerikans | Royal Central School of Speech & Drama | dir. Sue Dunderdale



2017 As Sound Designer:

Wind in The Willows | The Wardrobe Ensemble
Education Education Education | The Wardrobe Ensemble
The Road Awaits Us | Annie B Parson
Prurience | dir. Christopher Green & Holly Race Roughan
ENO Opera Works | dir. Martin Constantine
The Visitor | Trikhon Theatre

2017 Other credits:

Associate SD (w/ Gareth Fry) | Wings | Young Vic | dir. Natalie Abrahami
Associate SD (w/ Pete Malkin) | The Kid Stays In The Picture | Royal Court | Complicite



2016 As Sound Designer:

Seen And Not Heard | Complicite
Measure of Fidget | Joel O'Donohughe Company
10,000 Smarties | dir. Alice Malin
Digs | Theatre With Legs
In Tents and Purposes | Viscera Theatre
Best Served Cold | dir. Holly Race Roughan

2016 Other credits:

Sound Operator | The Encounter | Complicite
Associate SD (w/ Nick Powell) | The Tempest | dir. William Gallinsky
Associate SD (w/ Gareth Fry) | BOYdir. Sacha Wares



2015 As Sound Designer:

Unmasked | Acheulian Theatre
The Low Road | dir. Holly Race Roughan
Push (Composer & Sound Designer) | dir. Catherine Alexander & Grainne Byrne
Most Certainly Well Worth Knowing | dir. Jayne Port

2015 Other credits:

Associate SD (w/ Pete Malkin) | Beware of Pity | Complicite
Associate SD (w/ Dominic Kennedy) | Run | Edinburgh 2015 Tour | Engineer Theatre
Assistant SD (w/ Gareth Fry) | The Hudsucker Proxy | dir. Toby Sedgwick & Simon Dormandy



2014 As Sound Designer:

Lady Windermere's Fan | dir. Tim Hardy
A Dream From A Bombshell (Composer & Sound Designer) | dir. Anna Nguyen
Talking In Bed | dir. Rosemary Maltezos
Too Far Right (Composer & Sound Designer) | dir. Tyrone Purling
The Good Person of Setzuan | dir. Nancy Meckler



2013 As Sound Designer:

Hamlet | dir. Kelly Hunter
PACE for Accidental Festival | Camden Roundhouse | Meera Osborne
Metamorphosis (Composer & Sound Designer) | Merchant's Hall, Resuscitate Theatre | dir. Anna Marshall



Commercial:
2015 Composer | PUMA X BAPE AW15 Promo Adverts

Film:
2019 Composer & Sound Designer | Warmer | dir. Rosemary Maltezos

Radio:
2014-2016 Radio Presenter | Sonic Diversions | Roundhouse Radio
2013 Radio Producer | Traders | Roundhouse Radio | dir. Tara O'Malley

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

Death of England: Delroy


🔊Co-Sound Design with Pete Malkin.
📝Written by Roy Williams & Clint Dyer.
📍Olivier Theatre, National Theatre.
🗓 2020.

Director: Clint Dyer
Set & Costume Designers: ULTZ & Sadeysa Greenway-Bailey
Lighting Designer: Jackie Shemesh

Photo: Helen Murray


“Michael Balogun plays Delroy with 'firecracker energy’ in this new work by Clint Dyer and Roy Williams, which explores a Black working class man searching for truth and confronting his relationship with Great Britain.

Following national Coronovirus measures, Death of England: Delroy was forced to close mid-way through its run.”




“Sound designers Pete Malkin and Benjamin Grant make remarkable use of amplified ambient noise and snatches of melody throughout, filling the auditorium with scraps of electronic music and strains of elegiac piano. Cacophonic, jarringly overlapping renditions of Rule, Britannia! dissolve into the banging of a judge’s gavel, the screech of a cell door locking or the blip of an electronic tag, all raised to deafening volume. These brutalising barrages of sound serve to underscore the disproportionate force that a systemically racist state can bring to bear upon its citizens.”
Dave Fargnoli, The Stage


Death Of England


🔊Co-Sound Design with Pete Malkin.
📝Written by Roy Williams & Clint Dyer.
📍Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre.
🗓February - March 2020.


Director: Clint Dyer
Set & Costume Designers: ULTZ & Sadeysa Greenway-Bailey
Lighting Designer: Jackie Shemesh

Photo: Helen Murray


“A family in mourning. A man in crisis.

After the death of his dad, Michael is powerless and angry.

In a state of heartbreak, he confronts the difficult truths about his father’s legacy and the country that shaped him.

At the funeral, unannounced and unprepared, Michael decides it is time to speak.

Rafe Spall (Hedda Gabler, Black Mirror) performs this fearless one-person play which asks explosive and enduring questions about identity, race and class in Britain.“




“... you have to hand it to the creative team — not least the hardworking sound designers Pete Malkin and Benjamin Grant — for carrying a full-on assault of this sort straight across the finish line, to co-opt the language of sports deployed by the play.”
  Matt Wolf, New York Times




Maggot Moon


📝 Jemma Kennedy.
📍Unicorn Theatre, London Bridge.
🗓September 2019.
Director: Jesse Jones
Set & Costume Designer: Lucy Sierra
Lighting Designer: Sam Waddington
Video Designer: Akhila Krishnan


“In a sinister 1950s Britain, dark government forces are at work and spies and surveillance are everywhere. Standish tells us his story as he begins to unravel the dark secrets of the violent and oppressive Motherland and form a plan to try save his best friend and uncover the truth, no matter what.

I keep wondering what if.
What if the football hadn’t gone over the wall?
What if Hector had never gone looking for it?
What if he hadn’t kept the dark discovery to himself?
Then I suppose I would be telling another story. The ‘what ifs’ are as boundless as the stars.”








“Jesse Jones’ nimble, beautifully performed production makes terrific use of sound (by Benjamin Grant) and hand drawn projections (Akhila Krishnan) not just for theatrical effect but to constantly remind us of the power of the imagination. It also reminds that there are different ways of seeing and experiencing the world and different kinds of cleverness.”
Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor


I’ll Take You To Mrs Cole!



📝Devised by the Company.
📚Based on the book by Nigel Gray & Michael Foreman.
📍Pleasance Beyond, Edinburgh.
🗓August 2019.


Director: Catherine Alexander
S
et Designer: Jemima Robinson
Lighting Designer: Jai Morjaria
Video Designer: Hayley Egan
Animation: Amber Cooper-Davies
Sound Placement: Simon Scott
Photo: Ali Wright


“The energy of a gig with powerful storytelling and exquisite animation.

It’s 1981 and ska music pulses. Young Ashley creates havoc by getting lost in a wild, imaginative world while Mum longs to return home to Barbados. When Jedi battles and forest adventures go too far, will Mum resort to the scariest threat of all? Accompanied by an original soundtrack, this is a funny, anarchic show for children and a nostalgic trip for adults.

A story of cultural differences, fear of the unknown and the power of a child’s imagination.”




For this show, I worked with Catherine Alexander (Director) and the company to devise this adaptation of Nigel Gray and Michael Foreman’s children’s book. Using the musical influences of The Specials, Ian Dury, The Beat and more as a starting point, I would create instrumental tracks to which Catherine and the company would write lyrics to, and these songs came to form large parts of the structure of the piece. Sound becomes a window into which we can experience the imagination of Ashley, the child in the story, and music enables the audience to understand character and the wider sociopolitical themes surrounding the story.



“The piece is filled with a few excellent rocksteady and reggae-infused songs – a refreshing alternative to any sickly sweet kids tunes you might be used to”
Daisie Bowie-Sell, WhatsOnStage