Melanie Wilson

Without Walls Blueprint Grant 2018

Melanie's new project 'Machine/Icon/Monument' has been awarded a Blueprint R&D Grant from Without Walls. The award assists the R&D development of this new large scale ensemble performance installation, which is a collaboration with architects Hawkins Brown.

(Posted 30th April '18)

Live Long & Die Out - scratch performance

Melanie will be presenting an excerpt of her new show 'Live Long & Die Out' at the Pulse Festival, Norwich on Saturday 2nd June. Featuring three celebrated singers and Melanie herself, the show translates its audience's input on ideas around the impact of climate change on our choice to reproduce into multi-vocal music.

(Posted 19th April '18)

Creation Space Residency

Melanie will begin work on her new project Live Long & Die Out on one of Arts Depot's Creation Space residencies in December this year.

(Posted 14th November '17)

Uncle Vanya, HOME Manchester

Melanie is designing sound for Uncle Vanya, directed by Walter Meierjohann at HOME, Manchester. Previews begin on 3rd November. Details and tickets here.

(Posted 18th October '17)

The Shape of the Pain, Edinburgh Fringe 2017

The Shape of the Pain, a new show by Rachel Bagshaw and Chris Thorpe, with original sound score by Melanie, begins today at Edinburgh Fringe festival. Appearing in Summerhall's Old Lab, from 2nd - 26th August. Further details here.

(Posted 2nd August '17)

Anatomy of a Suicide, Royal Court June 2017

Melanie will be designing sound for Anatomy of a Suicide by Alice Birch, this June at the Royal Court theatre, which will be directed by Katie Mitchell. Details here.

(Posted 17th January '17)

Opera for the Unknown Woman on tour

Melanie's new piece, Opera for the Unknown Woman is now touring, heading next to Cardiff for The Festival of the Voice. See Performances page for dates, including two new shows in London on 16th and 17th June.

(Posted 31st May '16)

New British Music Theatre, Operadagen Festival

Melanie has been chosen as a New British Music Theatre artist, and will travel to the Operadagen Festival, Rotterdam this May to present her work alongside a group of artists from the U.K. 

New British Music Theatre (or NBMT), is a new artist-led initiative, launched to bring together and showcase exceptional practitioners working in music-driven theatre of all styles across the UK. More info here

(Posted 13th April '16)

Opera for the Unknown Woman is coming!

Melanie's upcoming sci-fi, multi-media, new music project Opera for the Unknown Woman is entering rehearsals. Tickets are now on sale for performances in Coventry, Cardiff and Huddersfield. London dates in June to be announced shortly. Watch the trailer here.

(Posted 13th April '16)

The Narrow World film

The Narrow World, a film made by Melanie and Gemma Riggs in collaboration with Tunisian artists will screen this month in Kenya as part of the Shakespeare centenary celebrations. Watch the film here.

(Posted 9th April '16)

Cleansed, National Theatre 2016

Melanie will be designing sound for Katie Mitchell's production of Cleansed by Sarah Kane, at The National Theatre in February 2016. Further details here.

(Posted 19th November '15)

'Reisende auf einem Bein', Hamburg 2015

Melanie is designing sound for Katie Mitchell's forthcoming adaptation of 'Reisende auf einem Bein'/'Travelling on One Leg', by Herta Muller. The piece premieres this September at Deutsches Schauspeilhaus, Hamburg. More info here.


(Posted 18th June '15)

British Council 'Shakespeare Reworked' Project - Tunisia

Melanie and Will Duke have been selected to participate in the British Council Shakespeare Reworked Project. They will begin research for their project 'The Narrow World' in Tunisia this autumn. See project page for further details.

(Posted 17th April '15)

Opera for the Unknown Woman - upcoming discussions

Melanie and Fuel are hosting two discussions this April, as part of the ongoing development of new project Opera for the Unknown Woman:

Thursday 9th April 6.30pm, The Nash Lecture Theatre, Level 2, King’s Building, Strand Campus, King’s College London

At this event Melanie Wilson and Dr Christina Scharff (Lecturer at Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College, London who recently published a report on equality and diversity in the classical music profession) will discuss themes in the opera including climate change, science fiction and feminism.

Come along to this event and talk with us about the ideas for the opera and what feminist theatre might mean.

Tuesday 14th April, 7pm, ONCA Gallery, 14 Saint George's Place, Brighton

At this event Melanie Wilson and Dr Julie Doyle (Reader in Media Studies at the University of Brighton Faculty of Arts and author of Mediating Climate Change) will discuss the themes in the opera including climate change and feminism.

image: Helen Maybanks

(Posted 6th April '15)

'Playing for Time', Sheffield Crucible

Melanie is designing sound for the forthcoming production of Arthur Miller's 'Playing for Time', directed by Richard Beecham at Sheffield Crucible Theatre. More info here.

(Posted 15th February '15)

Welcome Natalie - BBC Performing Arts Fellow 2015

Melanie is delighted to announce a new collaboration with conductor Natalie Murray Beale, who has been awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fellowship for 2015, to work alongside Melanie and Fuel on new opera project, 'Opera for the Unknown Woman'.

(Posted 10th December '14)

'The Forbidden Zone', Salzburg Festival 2014

Melanie is designing sound for The Forbidden Zone, a multi-media performance directed by Katie Mitchell, for the Salzburg Festival in July 2014. The piece is conceived as part of the First World War centenary, and will also be screened in a live stream at Barbican on 2nd August.

(Posted 22nd February '14)

'Landscape II' - Caravan showcase 2014

Landscape II will appear as part of the Caravan showcase in the Brighton festival from 11th - 13th May 2014.

(Posted 2nd January '14)

'Wunschloses Unglück', Burgtheatre Vienna

Melanie is designing sound for Wunschloses Unglück (A Sorrow beyond Dreams), for the Burg Theatre in Vienna. Directed by Katie Mitchell, the piece is an adaptation of a novel by Peter Handke.

(Posted 2nd January '14)

'Muse of Fire' at Shakespeare's Globe

Melanie is a contributing artist to The Globe's upcoming children's show Muse of Fire, a story based treasure hunt for intrepid families, for which she is creating a sound installation. The show runs from 28th October - 1st November. Full details here.

(Posted 12th October '13)

'Landscape II' on tour

Landscape II is touring the U.K this autumn, premiering at the Dublin Fringe Festival from 17th - 21st September. See Performance page for dates and watch the trailer here.

(Posted 13th August '13)

The Victorian in the Wall

Melanie is currently performing in The Victorian in the Wall, a new play with songs written by Will Adamsdale and devised by the company. The show is on tour and will culminate with a run at the Royal Court, London from 11th May - 8th June. More details of tour dates and tickets here.

(Posted 7th April '13)

Melanie wins Best Sound Designer at the Offies

Melanie was thrilled to be awarded the Best Sound Designer award at the Off Westend Awards 2013 ceremony, for her work on Autobiographer.

(Posted 24th February '13)

The Yellow Wallpaper - Schaubühne, Berlin

Melanie is currently designing sound for The Yellow Wallpaper, an adaptation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's novel, directed by Katie Mitchell. The Yellow Wallpaper premiers in Berlin at Schaubühne on 15th February. Further details here.

(Posted 5th January '13)

Night Train - Schauspeilhaus, Cologne

Melanie is currently designing sound with Gareth Fry for Night Train, a new performance inspired by the writing of Freiderike Mayrocker and directed by Katie Mitchell. Night Train (Reise durch die nacht) premiers in Germany at Schauspeil Cologne on October 13th. Further details here.

(Posted 26th August '12)

Paper Stages - Forest Fringe at Edinburgh Festival 2012

Melanie is a contributing artist to Forest Fringe's 2012 Edinburgh project Paper Stages - a beautifully designed book, co-authored by over 20 Forest Fringe artists, each page of which is a different instruction-based performance for the reader or readers to perform themselves. Details on how to acquire a copy of the book at this year's festival are here.

(Posted 6th August '12)

Landscape II @ Live Theatre Newcastle

Melanie will be presenting Landscape II at the Live Theatre's Scratch Night in Newcastle on Thursday 21st June. Details here.

(Posted 16th June '12)

13 pieces, 17 feet - Henry Moore Institute

Melanie will be performing in a one off remounting of Becky Beasley's 13 pieces, 17 feet at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds on Wednesday 6th June. The piece was originally commissioned by the Serpentine Gallery in 2010 and shown as part of the Park Nights series in the Serpentine Pavillion, designed by Jean Nouvel. Details here.

(Posted 29th May '12)

Landscape II @ Why Rush? festival, Leeds

Melanie will be presenting another work in progress showing of Landscape II at the Why Rush? Festival at Temple Works Leeds this Saturday 12th May. Details here.

(Posted 9th May '12)

Autobiographer @ Mayfest

Autobiographer will culminate its 2012 presentation at Mayfest in Bristol from 22nd - 24th May. Tickets here.

(Posted 9th May '12)

Autobiographer London run - tickets on sale

Melanie's most recent performance Autobiographer is coming to London from 17th April - 5th May at Artsadmin. Tickets on sale now.

(Posted 22nd March '12)

'Double Bill' - Forest Fringe at The Gate

Melanie and Gemma will be presenting their work in progress duo of solo performances 'Landscape II' and 'Towards Venice' at The Gate as part of the Forest Fringe programme, on Saturday 14th April. Details here.

(Posted 21st March '12)

Cupid @ Fierce Festival

Melanie is currently collaborating with Subject to_change on the sound design for their brilliant new participatory show about love and archery 'Cupid'. The show opens at Fierce Festival in Birmingham on 30th April and runs to 8th April. Details here.

(Posted 29th February '12)

Phenomenal People: Women of the World Festival

Melanie will be contributing to Fuel's Phenomenal People weekend, as part of the Women of the World Festival at the Southbank from 9th - 11th March. Details here.

(Posted 29th February '12)

Melanie Wilson and Gemma Brockis - A Double Bill @ BAC

Melanie and Gemma offer the first outing of two new pieces of writing for solo performance at BAC from 23rd - 25th February. Details here.

(Posted 13th January '12)

Platform Journal

Melanie will be speaking at the launch of Royal Holloway University's new Platform Journal on Friday 2nd December, at the Centre for Creative Collaboration. Melanie's performance, 'Iris Brunette' is the subject of an article by Jane Turner: 'Diegetic Theatre as a 'Place' for the Theatricalised Spectator', which features in the new edition of the journal. Melanie will be speaking about the role of spectatorship and participation in her work.

(Posted 29th November '11)

Their Wonderlands at mac

Melanie is part of the upcoming international group exhibition Their Wonderlands, curated by They Are Here at mac. Melanie will present an audio piece that links the internal gallery space to the exterior surroundings of Cannon Hill Park. The exhibition opens on 26th November and continues until 26th January. Details here.

(Posted 25th October '11)

'every minute, always' at Almost Cinema Festival, Ghent

Melanie and Abigail will be presenting 'every minute, always' in Ghent next week as part of the Almost Cinema Festival. Shows run at 8pm and 10pm from 18th - 22nd October. Other highlights in this brilliant festival, run by Vooruit in association with the Ghent Film Festival, include works from Anthony Hampton and Britt Hatzius, and Duncan Speakman. More details here.

(Posted 13th October '11)

Everyday Moments podcast

Melanie's contribution to Fuel's Everyday Moments podcast series is now live online. You can listen or download it through the Guardian Culture podcasts site or Time Out.

(Posted 21st September '11)

'every minute, always' in Edinburgh

'every minute, always', a headphones performance in a cinema by Melanie Wilson and Abigail Conway will shortly be appearing at the Edinburgh Festival in the British Council Showcase at Summerhall venue. Performances run from 21st to 27th August at 18.30 and 20.30, and tickets are sold in pairs. Watch a trailer here.

(Posted 7th August '11)

Autobiographer U.K tour

Tickets are now on sale for the autumn tour of Melanie's new piece 'Autobiographer'. Featuring alongside Melanie in this tender, poetic and thrilling new work of voice and sound, will be Janet Henfrey, Penelope McGhie and Alice Lamb. See the Projects and Performances pages for further details and tour dates.

(Posted 7th August '11)

'Simple Girl' at Transform Festival, Leeds

Melanie will be presenting 'Simple Girl' as part of the Transform Festival at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on 8th and 9th June. More details here.

(Posted 9th June '11)

'Iris Brunette' in South Africa

Melanie will be presenting 'Iris Brunette' at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa from 30th June - 2nd July. More details here.

(Posted 9th June '11)

'every minute, always' at British Council Edinburgh showcase 2011

Melanie and Abigail are very proud to be able to present 'every minute, always' in Edinburgh this August as part of the British Council showcase. The show will run from 21st - 27th August in partenership with BAC at Summerhall venue. More details to follow soon.

(Posted 13th April '11)

every minute, always @ Flatpack Festival

Catch Melanie and Abigail's impossibly romantic headphones piece 'every minute, always' in Birmingham at the brilliant Flatpack Film Festival this Sunday 27th March. Showings at 11am, 11.45, 12.30 and 1.15pm More details here.

(Posted 20th March '11)

Rules and Regs presentation

Melanie will be presenting the culmination of her month of work on the Rules and Regs residency on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th March at South Hill Park in Bracknell. Her work in progress is entitled 'Handmade' and will be presented alongside exciting new ideas from artists Florence Peake and Jo Bannon. The event is free and you can book your place by emailing:

(Posted 20th March '11)

BAC One on One Festival 2011

Melanie is one of six commissioned artists who have been chosen by BAC to design a bedroom for future resident artists to stay in. The bedroom will be inaugerated as part of the One on One Festival from March 29th to April 9th and will contain a new interactive audio and illustration performance called 'Self Portrait with Frida'. More info here.

(Posted 15th March '11)

Peachy Coochy Nites

On Thursday 27th, January Melanie will be taking part in the formidable institution that is David Gales's Peachy Coochy Nites. The evening will start at 7.30pm at Toynbee Studios. More details here.

(Posted 21st January '11)

Cafe Curio scratch night at Camden Arts Centre

On 16th February, Melanie will be presenting a new performance lecture on the subject of public disinformation as part of the Cafe Curio scratch evening at Camden Arts Centre. Details here.

(Posted 21st January '11)

'every minute, always' at ICA Live Weekends: Shunt

Melanie and Abigail are thrilled to be presenting the new touring version of 'every minute, always' as part of the ICA Live Weekends, curated by members of the Shunt collective. This mini festival takes place on 23rd - 27th February. Details here. 'every minute, always' will also be appearing at the Flatpack Festival in March and at Warwick Arts Centre in May. Details to follow soon.

(Posted 21st January '11)

Everyday Moments - podcast

Melanie is a contributing artist to Fuel's 'Everyday Moment' podcast series, which commenced on 20th January in collaboration with The Guardian. A new podcast wil be released every month, with Melanie's featuring in September. More details can be found here and here.

(Posted 21st January '11)

Autobiographer showings, Roundhouse

On 22nd and 23rd October, Melanie presented showings of her new sound work Autobiographer at the Roundhouse Studio, together with a cast of three supporting performers Catherine Dyson, Sabina Netherclift and Bernadette O'Brien. The piece was received very positively and plans are underway now to complete work on the piece for a scheduled premiere in Spring 2011. Further details on performances will be be posted here and more on the piece itself can be found in the Projects section of this website.

(Posted 1st November '10)

Simple Girl at The Basement, Brighton

Melanie will be presenting her solo show Simple Girl at The Basement in Brighton on November 25th. Details here.

(Posted 1st November '10)

'13 pieces, 17 feet' at The Serpentine Gallery

On Friday 24th September, Melanie will perform at The Serpentine Gallery as part of the Park Nights, in Becky Beasley and Chris Sharpe's performance project '13 pieces, 17 feet'. Further details can be found here.

(Posted 23rd August '10)

'every minute, always' at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The premiere of 'every minute, always', a new headphones performance for cinemas by Melanie, together with Abigail Conway will take place in Edinburgh at the Forest Fringe next week. The piece is on from 9th - 14th August at 4pm and is created for two people to undertake together, seated amongst other participating couples. More details can be found here.

(Posted 1st August '10)

Iris Brunette in Amsterdam, September

Iris Brunette will be appearing at the Amsterdam Fringe Festival from 3rd - 6th September. More details here.

(Posted 27th July '10)

Audio Performance workshop at Forest Fringe Making Days, Edinburgh

On Friday 13th August, Melanie will be leading a workshop on Audio Performance as part of the Forest Fringe Making Days in Edinburgh, together with Duncan Speakman. Further details here.

(Posted 27th July '10)

Theatre Sandbox Award

Ed Collier and Melanie are delighted to have been awarded a Theatre Sandbox commission. Their project 'The Observatory' is an audio led adventurous fairy tale for children aged between 7 and 10 and their adults, staged both on a high street and in a theatrical playspace. More details here.

(Posted 10th June '10)

Melanie in 'Money', June

Melanie will be appearing once again in 'Money' by Shunt, from 15th - 19th June. Details here.

(Posted 29th May '10)

The View From Here, BAC One On One Festival

Melanie's new headphones performance, The View From Here, will be premiered at BAC's One On One Festival from 6th - 18th July. More details can be found here

(Posted 24th May '10)

'Money' performances in May

Melanie will be appearing in 'Money' by Shunt from 30th April to 5th May. Details here

(Posted 24th April '10)

'every minute, always' scratch, Mayfest Forest Fringe Microfestival, Bristol

On 8th and 9th May, Abigail Conway and Melanie will present the first outing of their headphones performance for cinema at Bristol Old Vic as part of the Forest Fringe Microfestival at Mayfest. ‘every minute, always’ is an installation performance that takes place in a cinema (the auditorium of the Old Vic for this outing), and which is created for two participants to undertake together. Seated amongst other participating couples, the experience unfolds for each participant through headphones and in concert with what they see on screen.

(Posted 14th April '10)

'The View from Here' scratch, BAC Forest Fringe Microfestival

On 2nd and 3rd April, Melanie will be scratching a new idea for an audio performance at the BAC Forest Fringe microfestival. 'The View from Here' will be an headphones experience for one person at a time and is an adaptation of a piece Melanie made for radio in 2008. The finished piece will be presented in July as part of BAC's One on One Festival.

(Posted 3rd February '10)

'Simple Girl' in Tokyo and U.K

In March Melanie will be dusting off her sampler, for two outings with 'Simple Girl'. Firstly in Japan for the Tokyo Peforming Arts Market and then onto Manchester Metropolitan University to contribute to a symposium on contemporary text and performance on 26th and 27th March.

(Posted 25th January '10)

Melanie wins Best Production at the Dublin Fringe 2009

After a hugely enjoyable week of Iris Brunette and Mari Me Archie at the Dublin Fringe Festival, Melanie won the judges prize for Best Production.

(Posted 2nd October '09)