Profile —

Melanie Wilson is a U.K based inter-disciplinary performance maker. Her work centres on the use of sound and the listening experience.

As a writer, performer, sound artist and composer Melanie has collaborated with artists and companies across theatre, film, opera, installation, architecture and choreography. She creates sound works for a range of different spaces and places from main house auditoria to headphones. 

Melanie’s work is developed over long time frames, emerging from deep and sustained research processes and workshops with collaborators. It is mysterious, highly crafted and experential, and invites the possibility of reconciliation with ambivalent contemporary human experiences.

top image: Tom Barker

Performance —

Melanie’s performance work includes Opera for the Unknown Woman, Wales Millennium Centre, Yorkshire International Festival and Platform Theatre London (shortlisted for the Ralf Lieberman Prize for Opera, Fedora Network); The Narrow World, a short film with Gemma Riggs and the British Council in Tunisia; 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); The Philosopher of Furniture, a BAC commission for Masque of the Red Death by Punchdrunk and 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.

Sound & Music—

Melanie’s sound works include: Women of Record, a binaural headphones piece, National Trust, Knole House; You Move Me, a multi-channel film installation with Gemma Riggs and Laura Murphy, at Herbert Reade Gallery and NN Contemporary; Meek, Edinburgh Fringe & U.K touring; Uncle Vanya, HOME Manchester; Kingdom Come, RSC; The Shape of the Pain, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017 (Fringe First winner) & U.K touring; 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 & U.K and International touring; The View From Here, an audio performance commissioned by BAC One on One Festival 2010, also featured on Resonance FM and The Third Coast International Audio Festival, Chicago Public Radio and  Mari Me Archie, a companion headphones piece to Iris Brunette, U.K touring.

Melanie also makes sound and music for director Katie Mitchell, including Orlando, Schaubuehne, Berlin; When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other, National Theatre; Anatomy of a Suicide, Royal Court Theatre; Cleansed, National Theatre; Schatten… Eurydike sagt, Schaubühne, Berlin; The Forbidden Zone, Barbican/Salzburg Festival; Reisende auf Einem Bein, Deutsches Schauspeilhaus, Hamburg; Wunschloses Unglück, Burg Theatre, Vienna; Die Gelbe Tapete, (2013) Schaubühne, Berlin; and Reise Durch die Nacht, (2012) Schauspeilhuas, Cologne, Avignon Festival 2012 and Theatretreffen, Berlin Festspeile.

Other collaborations include: A Small Town Anywhere, BAC and Shoreditch Festival with Coney; 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.

image: Helen Murray

Performer —

As a devising performer with others, 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 5 in the morning 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, 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 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)

Producers —

Melanie works with Fuel to produce some of her projects.