Melanie Wilson is a London based writer, performer and sound artist. She makes performances, installations, films and audio works that centre on the use of sound as a distinct and subjective agency.
Melanie’s performance work includes ‘Landscape II’, Dublin Fringe Festival 2013 and U.K touring; ‘Autobiographer’, London, Dublin Fringe Festival 2011 and U.K touring, (winner of Off Westend Award for Best Sound Design 2012); ‘Iris Brunette’, UK and International touring (winner of Best Production at Dublin Fringe Festival 2009); ‘The View From Here’, an audio performance commissioned by BAC for the One on One Festival 2010; ‘The Philosopher of Furniture’, a BAC commission for ‘Masque of the Red Death’ by Punchdrunk; ‘Simple Girl’, London, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2007, Dublin Fringe Festivals 2007 (nominated for Best Actress and Spirit of the Fringe Award), UK and International touring, and ‘Blackbird’, Blink Festival, BAC 2005.
Melanie has recently designed sound alongside Gareth Fry for Katie Mitchell’s ‘Reise Durch die Nacht’ (2012) for Schauspeilhaus Cologne, Avignon Festival 2012 and Theatretreffen, Berlin Festspeile and ‘Die Gelbe Tapete’ (2013) for Schaubuehne, Berlin. Melanie’s own sound work includes ‘6 degrees below the horizon and falling’, a headphones piece for Their Wonderlands international group exhibition, mac gallery Birmingham; ‘Self Portrait with Frida’, an audio installation commissioned by BAC for the One on One festival 2011; ‘every minute, always’, a collaboration with Abigail Conway, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010, British Council showcase 2011 and U.K and International touring; ‘The Unicorn’, an interactive audio guide for children with Ed Collier, Lyric Hammersmith (recipient of a Theatre Sandbox commission 2010); ‘The View From Here’, an audio version of the performance made for radio, featured on Resonance FM and in The Third Coast International Audio Festival, Chicago Public Radio; ‘Mari Me Archie’, a companion headphones piece alongside Iris Brunette, U.K touring; ‘A Small Town Anywhere’, BAC and Shoreditch Festival 2008 with Coney; ‘The Surprising World of Surround Sound’, a collaboration with Greg McClaren, commissioned by Shunt Vaults; ‘She Turned Her Head and Looked’ at The Place with A2 company; ‘Do you think you should have done that?’ at Chelsea Space and film installation ‘Nightspot’ at Shunt Vaults, both with Peter Arnold and ‘Black Veined White’, an album collaboration with Elle Osborne.
As a performer Melanie has worked with Will Adamsdale on ‘The Victorian in the Wall’, U.K touring and Royal Court Theatre London; Becky Beasley and Chris Sharpe on ’13 Pieces, 17 Feet’ at Serpentine Gallery Pavilion; Chris Goode on ‘…Sisters’ at The Gate; with Rotozaza on ‘5am’ in London and UK and International touring and contributing to ‘Etiquette’; with Clod Ensemble on ‘Red Ladies’ in London and Coventry and on ‘The Silver Swan’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2006, with Boilerhouse on ‘Drenched’ on a Scottish national tour (nominated for Best Actress in a Visiting Company in MEN Theatre Awards 2006), and with Catherine Dyson on ‘Dead Man’s Biggest Fan’ on This Way Up national tour and BAC, London. Melanie has also appeared for limited runs with Shunt on ‘Tropicana’ at their London Bridge Vaults and ‘Money’ at their Bermondsey Street Warehouse.
Melanie is co-founder of Patter Theatre Company, with whom she co-devised, performed and designed sound for ‘The Experts’ at BAC and ‘A Playful Meditation on Magic’ on This Way Up national tour, Budapest, Macedonia, Edinburgh fringe festival and BAC, London.
Melanie has also collaborated with film maker Tom Geens on short film ‘Shame’ (best short, London FF 2006, short listed Melies d’Or 2007, best short Lausanne FF 2007)
Melanie has worked extensively with BAC’s Participate programme, directing three shows for their YPT programme, ‘Ripe and Rotten’ (2007) at Shunt Vaults, ‘The Birds’ (2008) and ‘Capsule’ (2009) at BAC. She has also created sound installations and sound works with and for a number of BAC’s SPARK schools initiative. In 2009, Melanie worked intensively with a class at Queen Elizabeth’s Girl’s School, Barnet, to create a series of alternative audio guides to their school. Melanie continues to lead workshops for University and Drama School students in connection with her touring performances.
Melanie works with Fuel to produce some of her projects. Fuel produces fresh work for adventurous people by inspiring artists. Founded in 2004 and led by Louise Blackwell and Kate McGrath, Fuel is a producing organisation which works in partnership with some of the most exciting theatre artists in the UK to develop, create and present new work for all ages. Fuel is currently working with Will Adamsdale, Clod Ensemble, Inua Ellams, Fevered Sleep, David Rosenberg, Sound&Fury and Uninvited Guests. Currently working with Louise and Kate are Christina Elliot, Stuart Heyes and Alice Massey.