Profile —


Melanie Wilson is a U.K based multi-disciplinary performance maker. Her work is founded on the contemporary interplay between sound art, experimental forms of composition, language and live performance, and is under-pinned by political interest.

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

Melanie will design sound and compose for a new Martin Crimp play at the National Theatre in January 2019, When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other, directed by Katie Mitchell.

top image: Alexander Brattell

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 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.



Sound & Music—


Melanie’s sound works include: Women of Record, a binaural headphones piece, Knole House; You Move Me, a multi-channel film installation with Gemma Riggs and Laura Murphy, at Herbert Reade Gallery and NN Contemporary; 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 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 to Iris Brunette, U.K touring;

Melanie recently composed sound and music for Uncle Vanya, HOME Manchester; Kingdom Come, RSC and The Shape of the Pain, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017 (Fringe First winner).

Melanie also makes sound and music for director Katie Mitchell, including Anatomy of a Suicide, Royal Court Theatre, London; Cleansed, National Theatre, UK; 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 2008 with Coney; 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.

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)





Fuel —

Melanie works with Fuel to produce some of her projects. Fuel produces fresh work for adventurous people by inspiring artists. Founded in 2004 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.  fueltheatre.com