Sound Design for Creative Media students collaborate on Salmon, a theatrical production

09 Apr 2019

SAE London Sound Design for Creative Media student Connie Eldon McCaig and her friend Eva Carroll have been putting their skills to the test on their hit theatrical production Salmon.

Having graduated from the University of Exeter in July 2018 with degrees in English Literature and Drama respectively, their first collaboration on Salmon, enjoyed sell-out success at the T3 Drama Festival and Poltimore Festival in Devon.

In November 2018 they established Eve and Sea Productions with the aim of continuing to develop Salmon in preparation for shows throughout 2019, as well as workshopping new shows in the upcoming year.

Set in a small Scottish town, where a lack of prospects leaves the young people looking for more, Salmon follows Angus and his self-destruction in the aftermath of his dog's death.

As Angus struggles between the weekend raves and weekday restlessness, the audience is swept along into a world where dogs run security businesses, flies talk, and nothing is quite what it seems.  

Salmon blends spoken word, music and surrealism as it asks of its audience: why is it so hard to admit you're not okay?

   
 

"FOR THE COLLABORATIVE EXERCISE DURING THE SOUND DESIGN COURSE IT IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT TO WORK ON A PROJECT THAT WILL REACH AN AUDIENCE; THIS WAY THE STUDENTS UNDERSTAND HOW IT FEELS TO WORK AS A SOUND DESIGNER AND AS PART OF A TEAM IN REAL WORKLIFE."

- JOSE MACABRA, SOUND DESIGN FOR CREATIVE MEDIA LECTURER

 

In January 2019 Connie started attending SAE’s Sound Design for Creative Media course, taught by Jose Macabra.

In collaboration with her course mates, and tutor, Connie endeavoured to create the sound design for the 45 minute long performance, Salmon.

By capturing and manipulating sounds they were able to evoke the surrealism of the performance and portray it through sound, forcing the visceral aspects of the play to be captured by listening.

Jose Macabra, Sound Design for Creative Media lecturer, said:

“During this course, we have been designing sound for various media formats, but the projects have been exercises and not commissions. For the collaborative exercise during the Sound Design course it is always important to work on a project that will reach an audience; this way the students understand how it feels like to work as a sound designer and as part of a team in real work/life.”

Salmon will be performed as a double bill titled Stream at the Drayton Arms Theatre from the 9 -13 April, and will be running at the Edinburgh Fringe from the 1-12 August at the Assembly Rooms.

Click here to buy tickets for the show.