Chit Chat Chalk Show R&D


Working with The Knotted Project and Hawk Dance Theater we devised a children’s show that explored emotions (sadness, happiness, love etc) through the journey of a character, in a similar way to Disney’s ‘Inside Out’. For each emotion, I composed a clear sound world that the dancers and actors could physicalise and that the children could easily understand, without being to abstract. I found this project really fun to work on, imagining how children would react to certain sounds. I decided on a palette of sounds that were light (even in the ‘darker’ moments), such as pizzicato strings, marimba, xylophone, staccato strings and gentle synths. We are currently in the next phase of creation to make a full show which is going to be toured around the UK. Exciting!

This video uses the emotion ‘Happiness’ over a montage of the school tour.

Project details

Composer and Sound Designer

Richard Smithson

Director / Company

The Knotted Project and Hawk Dance Theatre

Project date

Janruary 2017

Project location

Manchester, England.

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