David Collison began his career as an assistant stage manager in the theatre. He went on to specialise in creating recorded sound effects for, among many others, Sir Peter Hall at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Sir Laurence Olivier at the National Theatre.


As a renowned sound designer during the 1970s and 80s, he worked on more than fifty musicals in the West End including original productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, Mame, A Little Night Music, Grease, Company, Applause, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar. In 2007, he was honoured by the USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology) with a Distinguished Career in Sound Design Award.


In 1988 he formed Adventure Projects to use his theatrical talents for the creation of themed visitor attractions, two of which received English Tourist Board Awards for Excellence.


He is the author of two acclaimed books on theatre sound (Stage Sound and The Sound of Theatre) plus a lighthearted autobiography concerning the trials and tribulations experienced trying to build a house in Spain (Are We Driving Up The Right Riverbed?).


He is currently completing a memoir of his extraordinary backstage career (Namedropping in the Wings) with anecdotes about the shows and some of the illustrious the performers, such as Bing Crosby, Julie Andrews, Sammy Davis Jnr., Judi Dench, Kenneth Williams, Maggie Smith, Michael Crawford, Leslie Caron, Ginger Rogers, Elizabeth Taylor, John Mills, Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe, Lauren Bacall… the list goes on.


David now lives a tranquil life in the Forest of Dean with his actress wife, Alison Neil, and Yorkshire Terrier Monty.

The development of theatre sound in the Western world - from the Ancient Greeks creating thunder with stones in large copper jars to the modern age of digital technology.

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