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Sound – From Empty Space to All Systems Go

“I love technology — I love having my sound effects module in my backpack. Yet, I don’t think anybody other than other sound designers know exactly what we do,” he says. “It’s a complicated chain, getting audio and sound effects through cables and out of speakers.” John A Leonard

Are you a sound designer needing more knowledge and understanding of your discipline?
Do you have aspirations to design and operate sound for theatre?
Are you required to create sound for theatre in spaces that don’t come fully equipped?

Then we have a course of technical merit for you…

This hands-on practical course will show you how to transform a space with no sound equipment into a place where sound can service the needs of a theatre show successfully.

During the week you will

This is a back to basics course for sound technicians of all levels of experience – it will introduce beginners to this fascinating element of theatre and reinforce the foundations and fundamentals for the more experienced.

Tutor – Paul Stear

What students say…

“I loved everything but probably got most from the first part, learning how to set up and eq the system” 

Tutor: Paul Stear

Paul has enjoyed a varied career in the theatre covering Lighting, Sound and Video. He has worked as a technician, designer and consultant across the three areas in Theatres, Schools and for Special Events.

As a Sound designer his work has included plays and musicals and he has extensive experience of working in-the-round.

Credits include: Goth Weekend, Di and Viv and Rose, The World Goes Round, The National Joke, Nevilles Island, Slipping, Screenplay, Cox and Box – Mrs Bouncer’s Legacy, (Stephen Joseph Theatre); The Kiss, The Retirement of Tom Stevens, A Who’s Who of Flapland (Lakeside Arts Centre), 1001 Nights Now (Nottingham Playhouse and Tour); Rat Pack Confidential (Whitehall Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse and Tour), Krapps Last Tape (Lakeside Arts Centre and Tour).

Outside of the theatre world Paul is a Father of three, a terrible golfer and plays the bass guitar in a band.

He has been working with the NODA Summer schools since 2002.