Sound Design for the Stage by Gareth Fry

Sound Design for the Stage is a practical guide to designing, creating and developing the sound for a live performance. Based on the author’s extensive industry experience, it takes the reader through the process of creating a show, from first contact to press night, with numerous examples from high-profile productions.

Written in a detailed but accessible approach, this comprehensive book offers key insights into a fast-moving industry.

Topics covered include: how to analyze a script to develop ideas and concepts; how to discuss your work with a director; telling the emotional story; working with recorded and live music; how to record, create, process and abstract sound; designing for devised work; key aspects of acoustics and vocal intelligibility; the politics of radio mics and vocal foldback; how to design a sound system and, finally, what to do when things go wrong.

With helpful advice on finding work and negotiating contracts, this guide will be especially useful for emergent sound designers and directors, focusing on the creative and collaborative process between sound designer, director, performer and writer.


ISBN 9781785005534
224 Pages
Published April 1, 2019


The Crowood Press