Giles Thomas

SOUND DESIGNER & COMPOSER

Current and forthcoming projects include: WAIT UNTIL DARK (UK Tour).

Composer & Sound Design credits include: DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Royal and Derngate); HOW MY LIGHT IN SPENT (Royal Exchange); OTHELLO (Tobacco Factory, Bristol); WISH LIST, YEN (Royal Exchange & Royal Court); CONTRACTIONS (Sheffield Theatres); CORRESPONDENCE (Old Red Lion); I SEE YOU (Royal Court); POMONA (National Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre & Orange Tree Theatre); SPARKS (Old Red Lion); THE TITANIC ORCHESTRA, THIS WILL END BADLY, ALLIE (Edinburgh); LITTLE MALCOLM AND HIS STRUGGLE AGAINST THE EUNUCHS (Southwark Playhouse); OUTSIDE MULLINGAR (Theatre Royal Bath); BACK DOWN (Birmingham Rep); WOLF FROM THE DOOR, PRIMETIME, MINT, PIGEONS, DEATH TAX, THE PRESIDENT HAS COME TO SEE YOU (Royal Court); LIE WITH ME (Talawa); THE SOUND OF YELLOW (Young Vic); TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND BREATHE, THE STREET (Oval House Theatre); STOP KISS (Leicester Square Theatre). 

Sound Design credits include: DISCO PIGS (Trafalgar Studios); THE UGLY ONE, A DARK NIGHT IN DALSTON (Park Theatre); DYL (Old Red Lion); WHAT SHADOWS (Birmingham Rep); THEY DRINK IT IN THE CONGO (Almeida); THE SUGAR-COATED BULLETS OF THE BOURGEOISIE (Arcola, HighTide Festival); DECADES (The Brit School for Performing Arts); THE SNOW QUEEN (Southampton Nuffield & Northampton Royal & Derngate); ORSON’S SHADOW (Southwark Playhouse); DEFECT (Arts Ed); BETRAYAL (I Fagiolini, UK Tour); A HARLEM DREAM (Young Vic); KHANDAN (Birmingham Rep, Royal Court); SUPERIOR DONUTS (Southwark Playhouse); THREE MEN IN A BOAT (Original Theatre Company, UK Tour); KING JOHN (Union Theatre); ITS ABOUT TIME (Nabokov Theatre Company, Hampstead Theatre); SHOOT/GET TREASURE/REPEAT (Royal Court, Gate Theatre, Out of Joint, Paines Plough, National Theatre); HOUSE OF AGNES (Paines Plough).

Associate Sound Designer on: MA RAINEYS BLACK BOTTOM (National Theatre); HENRY IV (Donmar Warehouse & tour); HENRY V (Michael Grandage Company, West End); 1984 (West End, UK Tour).

Music Producer on: AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE WICKERMAN (National Theatre of Scotland). 

Screen credits include: AURELIA (jade Edwards) IDENT (Anaya Productions); CERN HADRON COLLIDER EXHIBITION (Science Museum); STREET SPIRIT (Tom Bailey); LAST OF THE OAKS (Luis Baron). 

Giles was nominated for Best Sound Designer - Offie Awards 2015 - for his work on POMONA

20 July 2017

Giles Thomas is Sound Designer on DISCO PIGS at Trafalgar Studios

Giles Thomas is Sound Designer on DISCO PIGS at Trafalgar Studios

John Haidar directs Enda Walsh’s two hander 20 years after it was first performed. Running at Trafalgar Studios until 19th August.

British Theatre Guide ★★★★

“hugely enjoyable and energetic”

“a high octane and loving production”

“Giles Thomas’s blistering 90’s club soundtrack dance with the actors, part rave and part play”

“a true genius and a worthy revival”

http://britishtheatre.com/review-disco-pigs-trafalgar-studios-4stars/ 

What’s On Stage ★★★★

“brought to full-blooded life in this production”

“Go see it.”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/review-disco-pigs-trafalgar-studios-evanna-lynch_44143.html

The Upcoming ★★★★ 

“A special hand must also go to the lighting and sound design of Elliot Griggs and Giles Thomas for producing a classic big night out without any real visual aids.”

“balances the buzz of youthful daring with a shot of emotional nostalgia.”

http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2017/07/18/disco-pigs-at-trafalgar-studios-theatre-review/ 

The Reviews Hub ★★★★

“as sharp and relevant as ever” 

“exhilarating revival of a lively, inventive and moving play.”

http://www.thereviewshub.com/disco-pigs-trafalgar-studios-london/ 

16 June 2017

THE UGLY ONE opens at the Park Theatre

THE UGLY ONE opens at the Park Theatre

Roy Alexander Weise directs Marius Von Mayenburg’s comedy, with Lighting Design by Amy Mae and Sound Design by Giles Thomas. The show has been nominated for 'Best Production' in the Off West End Theatre Awards and runs until the 24th June. 

Broadway World ★★★★ 

“the direction from Roy Alexander Weise, 2016 winner of the James Menzies-Kitchin Award, is precise in how it mines the script for smart humour.”

“The Ugly One is a definite success, with genuine performances complimented by superb direction”

http://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Review-THE-UGLY-ONE-Park-Theatre-20170610

London Theatre 1 ★★★★

“a great night of theatre, directed by Roy Alexander Weise with humour and gusto this production is a masterclass in snappy creative direction”

“This is biting dark satire directed with real comedic precision that asks relevant questions about the importance of being beautiful.”

https://www.londontheatre1.com/news/173768/review-buckland-theatre-companys-the-ugly-one/  

Camden New Journal 

“Roy Alexander Weise, winner of the 2016 James Menzies-Kitchin Award, directs with panache.” 

http://camdennewjournal.com/article/review-the-ugly-one-at-park-theatre-90

The Upcoming

“there are moments of striking originality under Roy Alexander Weise’s direction”

08 May 2017

Joshua Pharo and Giles Thomas are Lighting and Sound Designers on HOW MY LIGHT IS SPENT at the Royal

Joshua Pharo and Giles Thomas are Lighting and Sound Designers on HOW MY LIGHT IS SPENT at the Royal

Winner of the Judges’ Award in the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwrighting, this new play by Alan Harris is directed by Liz Stephenson. Playing at the Royal Exchange until 13th May, then the Sherman Theatre from the 16th May – 27th May and finally at Theatre By The Lake from 31st May – 24th June. 

 

The Stage ★★★★ 

“A quirky, relevant, optimistic humanising play about the socially unseen” 

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/light-spent-review-royal-exchange-theatre-manchester/

 

The Guardian ★★★★

“burns brightly”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/apr/28/how-my-light-is-spent-review-royal-exchange-manchester-alan-harris

24 February 2017

Giles Thomas is Composer and Sound Designer on OTHELLO at the Tobacco Factory.

Giles Thomas is Composer and Sound Designer on OTHELLO at the Tobacco Factory.

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory and Tobacco Factory Theatres present this modern production, directed by Richard Twyman, playing in Bristol until 1st April. 

The Guardian ★★★★

“Thrilling” 

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/feb/22/othello-review-anti-muslim-prejudice-tobacco-factory-bristol

The Stage ★★★★ 

“Articulate, dynamic and thrilling modern dress production of Shakespeare's cruellest play”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/othello-review-tobacco-shakespeare-bristol/ 

What’s On Stage ★★★★ 

“wonderful production” 

“a rich night of theatre with an ending that even after 400 years blindsides you and argues persuasively that Othello may be Shakespeare's greatest tragedy.” 

http://www.whatsonstage.com/bristol-theatre/reviews/othello-tobacco-factory_42957.html 

Broadway World ★★★★

“fresh, vibrant and relevant”

http://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Review-OTHELLO-Tobacco-Factory-Bristol-20170222

The Reviews Hub ★★★★ 

“It’s immediately apparent that the entrenched racism, misogyny and religious intolerance of the 16th century still resonates in a setting of mobiles, microphones and concrete basement strip lighting.”

http://www.thereviewshub.com/othello-tobacco-factory-theatres-bristol/ 

 The Gazette

“stylish production” 

“The addition of rock music and contemporary choreography and costumes bring an added dimension to the production”

http://www.gazetteseries.co.uk/leisure/theatre/15113166.Review__Othello__Shakespeare_at_the_Tobacco_Factory_in_Bristol/

17 January 2017

Giles Thomas is Composer and Sound Designer on WISH LIST at the Royal Court

Giles Thomas is Composer and Sound Designer on WISH LIST at the Royal Court

Katherine Soper’s debut play, which won the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, plays at the Royal Court until 11th February, following a run at Manchester Royal Exchange last year.

The Independent ★★★★

“beautifully compassionate, tender and at times gently humorous”

“eloquent production” 

“arouses due political indignation. A heartening debut.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/wish-list-jerwood-upstairs-royal-court-a7525796.html

Exeunt

“Ciaran Cunningham’s lighting and Giles Thomas’s sound design do a great job of lifting the play above kitchen sink grimness by adding warmth and energy”

http://exeuntmagazine.com/reviews/review-wish-list-royal-court/ 

Time Out ★★★★

“a wonderful, human play.”

“Stylishly directed by Matthew Xia, ‘Wish List’ is further freed from kitchen sink drabness by Giles Thomas’s pulsing sound design and Ana Ines Jabares-Pita’s superb conveyor belt set.”

“feels celebratory of humanity - society may be fucked, but people are still decent.”

http://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/wish-list

British Theatre.com ★★★★ 

http://britishtheatre.com/review-wish-list-the-royal-court/ 

Financial Times ★★★★ 

https://www.ft.com/content/2efaf214-d97c-11e6-944b-e7eb37a6aa8e

The Upcoming ★★★★

“a quiet, tender and often funny exploration of a familial bond that cannot be broken and a work/home split that can barely be reconciled." 

http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2017/01/12/wish-list-at-the-royal-court-theatre-theatre-review/ 

The London Economic ★★★★

http://www.thelondoneconomic.com/entertainment/arts/theatre-review-wish-list-royal-court-theatre/16/01/ 

30 September 2016

Giles Thomas is Composer & Sound Designer on WISH LIST at the Royal Exchange

Giles Thomas is Composer & Sound Designer on WISH LIST at the Royal Exchange

Winner of the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, Katherine Soper’s debut play is directed by Exchange Associate Artistic Director Matthew Xia and is a collaboration with the Royal Court Theatre. Playing in Manchester until 15th October.

The Guardian ★★★★ 

“its emotional impact, in Matthew Xia’s fine production, is devastating.”

“a quietly essential and moving play”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/sep/28/wish-list-review-lives-boxed-in-by-relentless-work-and-benefit-cuts

The Stage ★★★★

“heartfelt and heartrending” 

“compassionate, funny and quietly troubling” 

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/wish-list-review-at-manchester-royal-exchange/ 

British Theatre Guide

“Special mention must go to Giles Thomas’s sound design, too, which does great work evoking the worlds of the play, both external and internal.”

http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/wish-list-royal-exchange-13509

North West End ★★★★★

“utterly perfect” 

“compelling” 

http://www.northwestend.co.uk/index.php/professional-reviews/1387-wish-list-royal-exchange-studio-manchester

What’s On Stage

“Giles Thomas's sound design queasily evokes the race to meet targets and the throbbing tension of a life in which something, somewhere, has to give.”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/manchester-theatre/reviews/review-wish-list-royal-exchange-manchester_41891.html

01 July 2016

Joshua Pharo and Giles Thomas open CONTRACTIONS at Sheffield Theatres

Joshua Pharo and Giles Thomas open CONTRACTIONS at Sheffield Theatres

Mike Bartlett’s two-hander receives its regional premiere in the Crucible Lyceum Studio, starring Rose Leslie and Sara Stewart. With Lighting by Joshua Pharo and Composition and Sound Design by Giles Thomas, CONTRACTIONS runs until 16th July.

What’s On Stage ★★★★ 

“impeccably paced production”

“black humour prevails and laughter and horrified fascination are conjoined.”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/sheffield-theatre/reviews/contractions-sheffield-crucible_41162.html

The Times ★★★★

“Fascinating”

“nigh on perfect” 

“an illuminated desk in the middle of a circle that is reflected, above, by a circularly lit ceiling.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-contractions-at-the-crucible-sheffield-vfbmdkv96

The Stage ★★★★ 

“disquieting, completely focused intensity”

“A gruelling, gripping, brilliantly written two-hander that packs a ferocious punch”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/contractions-review-at-the-studio-sheffield-theatres/  

The Guardian

“a sleek, hi-tech feel”

“a short, sharp shocker”

“outrageously funny”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/jun/28/contractions-review-mike-bartlett-rose-leslie-prophetic-drama

Exeunt Magazine

“claustrophobic strip lighting.”

“The tension is expertly ramped up”

“Giles Thomas’s naggingly insistent score in between the interviews all just seem to amp up the intensity.”

http://exeuntmagazine.com/reviews/review-contractions-sheffield-crucible/  

Chad 

“an intense and painful, deeply thought-provoking piece of work.”

http://www.chad.co.uk/what-s-on/theatre/review-contractions-sheffield-studio-1-7991447

18 April 2016

Giles Thomas is Sound Designer on THE SUGAR-COATED BULLETS OF THE BOURGEOISIE at The Arcola

Giles Thomas is Sound Designer on THE SUGAR-COATED BULLETS OF THE BOURGEOISIE at The Arcola

Award-winning playwright Anders and HighTide director Steven Atkinson reunite for a breathtaking story about modern China and the makings of a superpower. Playing at the Arcola until 30th April, and plays as part of the Hightide Festival in September.

A Younger Theatre 

“There is a sound world created, and I mean world. Giles Thomas’s sound isn’t an undercurrent presence; it is in and of itself, as integral as the set and actors. It transports the audience from world to world, generation to generation, transcending moods as it goes.”

http://www.ayoungertheatre.com/review-the-sugar-coated-bullets-of-the-bourgeoisie-arcola-theatre/ 

Guardian ★★★★

“Compelling”

“sharp and funny” 

“a big, ambitious, thought-provoking play that is given a fiercely lucid production”

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/apr/12/the-sugar-coated-bullets-of-the-bourgeoisie-arcola-theatre-review

The Reviews Hub ★★★★

“Lustgarten and his director Steven Atkinson ace it.”

“this play will remain relevant for a long time to come.”

http://www.thereviewshub.com/the-sugar-coated-bullets-of-the-bourgeoisie-arcola-theatre-london/   

Everything Theatre ★★★★ 

“a sweet and sour plunge into the recent history of this fascinating yet misconceived civilisation.”

“Lustgarten hits the nail on the head and has created a piece that is both enjoyable and enlightening.”

http://everything-theatre.co.uk/2016/04/the-sugar-coated-bullets-of-the-bourgeoisie-arcola-theatre-review.html

The Stage 

“brings satisfying, flesh-and-blood humanity to the ordinary protagonists of the Chinese state.”

“Fresh and often very funny”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/the-sugar-coated-bullets-of-the-bourgeoise/ 

Financial Times

“thoughtful and engaging”

https://next.ft.com/content/79d87e7c-02e6-11e6-99cb-83242733f755

07 March 2016

Giles Thomas is Composer and Sound Designer on I SEE YOU at the Royal Court

Giles Thomas is Composer and Sound Designer on I SEE YOU at the Royal Court

Written by Mongiwekhaya, I SEE YOU is presented as part of International Playwrights: A Genesis Foundation Project, and plays at the Royal Court until the 26th of March before heading to the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa. Olivier-nominated Actress Noma Dumezweni makes her directorial debut.

Financial Times ★★★★

“proves a gripping, troubling evening.” 

“throbbing music add to the simmering unease of this fine, tense staging”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/i-see-you-review-at-the-jerwood-theatre-upstairs-royal-court-theatre-london-intelligent-and-gripping/

The Stage ★★★★

“Intelligent and gripping”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/i-see-you-review-at-the-jerwood-theatre-upstairs-royal-court-theatre-london-intelligent-and-gripping/ 

The Evening Standard ★★★★

“a classy production of a punchy piece”

“the piece is infused with the mounting tension of a thriller” 

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/i-see-you-theatre-review-harry-potter-star-noma-dumezweni-is-a-wizard-director-a3195706.html

Gay Times 

“has all the tension and surprise of a thriller, but never lacking in bold commentary and cultural reflection.”

https://www.gaytimes.co.uk/culture/29939/review-i-see-you-at-the-royal-court/ 

The South African

“provocative, radical, ambitious and hugely absorbing" 

“drama of the highest order”

http://www.thesouthafrican.com/a-taste-of-home-in-london/  

The Guardian 

“gripping and beautifully acted”

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/mar/06/i-see-you-royal-court-upstairs-london-review-south-africa

02 February 2016

Giles Thomas is Composer and Sound Designer on YEN at the Royal Court.

Giles Thomas is Composer and Sound Designer on YEN at the Royal Court.

Anna Jordan’s award winning play transfers to the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs until the 13th of Feb after a celebrated run at the Royal Exchange in Manchester last year. 

British Theatre.com ★★★★★

“hugely important.” 

“a bruising piece of theatre that delivers a huge punch of perspective.” 

http://britishtheatre.com/review-yen-royal-court-theatre-5stars/

The Londonist ★★★★

“a masterclass in the vivid and the visceral.”

https://londonist.com/2016/01/at-the-royal-court-what-it-means-to-not-yet-be-a-man

The Stage ★★★★

“when it hits, it hits hard.”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/yen-review-at-the-royal-court-london-hits-like-a-fist/ 

The Independent ★★★★ 

“terrifying, witty, and compassionate”

“splendid production is keenly alive to the flashes of bleak humour, the sense of impending violence, and the tragedy of desperate emotional denial and inarticulacy.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/yen-theatre-upstairs-royal-court-london-review-compassionate-and-witty-study-of-growing-up-alone-a6834536.html

The Guardian ★★★★ 

“Ned Bennett’s production, aside from the puzzling omission of a crucial scene, faultlessly captures the play’s mix of violence and virtue and is acted with absolute conviction”

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/jan/26/yen-review-moving-account-of-poverty-and-love-that-subverts-expectations

The Financial Times ★★★★ 

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/deedf590-c4dd-11e5-b3b1-7b2481276e45.html#axzz3ywCvt7pk

The Arts Desk ★★★★

“Exceptional.”

http://www.theartsdesk.com/theatre/yen-royal-court-theatre

19 January 2016

Giles Thomas is Composer and Sound Designer on THIS WILL END BADLY at Southwark Playhouse

Giles Thomas is Composer and Sound Designer on THIS WILL END BADLY at Southwark Playhouse

Rob Hayes’ one-man dark comedy, directed by Clive Judd, plays at Southwark Playhouse until the 6th of February after a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival.

The Stage ★★★★

“a gripping and often genuinely unsettling piece of theatre.” 

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/this-will-end-badly-review-at-southwark-playhouse-london-gripping-and-unsettling/

What's On Stage ★★★★

“forceful, riveting"

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/this-will-end-badly-southwark-playhouse_39528.html

Arts Desk ★★★★

“vivid language, harsh humour and fury of delivery in Ben Whybrow’s exceptionally winning performance.”

http://www.theartsdesk.com/theatre/will-end-badly-southwark-playhouse

A Younger Theatre

“ thoroughly entertaining and deserves to be seen.” 

“takes the audience on an intense and exciting journey.” 

http://www.ayoungertheatre.com/review-this-will-end-badly-southwark-playhouse/

02 December 2015

Giles Thomas is Sound Designer on THE SNOW QUEEN at Northampton

Giles Thomas is Sound Designer on THE SNOW QUEEN at Northampton

Giles Thomas is Sound Designer on THE SNOW QUEEN at Northampton

In a co-production with Southampton Nuffield, Georgia Pritchett’s world premiere of THE SNOW QUEEN is directed by Gary Sefton and plays at Northampton  Royal until 3rd of January. 

What’s On Stage ★★★★

“incidental music, coupled with Giles Thomas's haunting soundscape, is highly atmospheric – one might even say chilling.”

“a festive treat”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/newcastle-upon-tyne-theatre/reviews/the-snow-queen-royal-theatre-northampton_39238.html

Northampton Chronicle

“Music, choreography and imaginative puppeteering are all part of the magic and the show’s ending is so sweet that it seemed to send everyone out with a big smile.”

http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/what-s-on/local-events/review-icy-snow-queen-will-warm-your-heart-at-royal-derngate-in-northampton-1-7090357

Northampton News 

“good use of sound suggests creaking edifices of ice” 

http://www.northampton-news-hp.co.uk/Snow-Queen/story-28257663-detail/story.html

Broadway World

"in combination with the lighting and sound effects it was really effective" 

http://www.broadwayworld.com/uk-regional/article/BWW-Reviews-THE-SNOW-QUEEN-Royal-and-Derngate-Nov-27-2015-20151129

16 November 2015

Giles Thomas is Sound Designer on SPARKS at the Old Red Lion Theatre

Giles Thomas is Sound Designer on SPARKS at the Old Red Lion Theatre

Simon Longman’s brand new play, directed by Clive Judd, runs at the Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington until 5th December 

Time Out ★★★★

“a beautifully low-key family drama that purrs with feeling.”

“Giles Thomas’s tingling sound design pulse in response.”

http://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/sparks

The Stage ★★★★ 

“Reunited with designer Jemima Robinson and sound designer Giles Thomas from Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs, Judd lifts the play by creating an increasingly dreamlike stillness out of their encounter.”

“A funny, dreamlike, but also achingly sad, new play about loss, hurt and the ties that bind us”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2015/sparks-review-at-the-old-red-lion-theatre-london-funny-dreamlike-and-achingly-sad/  

London Theatre 1 ★★★★

“spellbound from start to finish.”

https://www.londontheatre1.com/news/120856/sparks-old-red-lion-theatre-review/  

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