Number of times at the RDG Sound desk - 76
For several years Ian was a regular member of the RDG audiences but in 1997 we persuaded him to take charge of complex sound plot for Visit, The since when he has become a key member of the technical crew. He has been at the sound desk for most of our main and festival productions in recent years.
He particularly enjoys festival work exploring the technical side - and the personnel of different theatres. He was a vital member of the Lears Daughters team as we travelled through the different rounds to the British Finals and then on to Monte Carlo (or bust!). He repeated an equally circuitous route to the British Final to Inverness in 2002 with our production of Bed.
Ian has made a first tentative foray onstage in Twelfth Night followed several years later by a cameo role as a Dirty Old Man in Sweet Charity. He returned to the safety of the sound desk for Privates on Parade and the award-winning presentations of Losers, The Allotment and States of Shock. His sound design has been been in evidence in our major productions of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Cripple of Inishmaan. We were delighted when Ian received the Sound Award at the 2006 Woking Festival for his contribution to Party Time whilst his sound score for The Art of Remembering was highly praised and contributed to awards at both Woking and Spelthorne Festivals in 2007.
His sound design added greatly to the mood and off-stage action in Journey's End.
In 2008 we were delighted when Ian received the Trophy for Technical Excellence at the 50th Woking Drama Festival on behalf of our whole highly creative backstage team. He went on to create a highly praised sound score for A Kind of Alaska. At the 2012 Spelthorne Festival Ian won the Adjudicator's Award for his evocative soundscape for Sunday Morning at the Centre of the World. Two years later his sound operation for the complex Alarms was nominated for the Adjudicator's Award at the Leatherhead Drama Festival . Ian was part of the presentation team which scored maximum marks for Technical Excellence at the 2015 Woking Drama Festival for Funeral Games. In 2017 he was nominated for Best Sound at the Woking Festival for Brighton Beach Scumbags. Ian made his 75th RDG production at our sound desk for People in 2018.
For many years Ian also served the group well in his position as Social Secretary.