Endlessly interesting. The whole book is such an informative and generous record of its subject.
HAL PRINCE - BROADWAY PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR
An absolutely captivating read. I read it cover to cover in four days. What a tour de force!
DAVID E. SMITH - DIRECTOR OF SOUND
School of Design & Production, North Carolina School of the Arts
Just a few pages into "The Sound of Theatre", it became clear that I’d found a kindred spirit—one who has been through variations on every kind of triumph and tribulation a sound designer can experience and live to tell the tale.
TOM CLARK – SOUND DESIGNER
LIGHTING&SOUND AMERICA, OCTOBER 2008
Enlivened with anecdotes and profusely illustrated throughout, this book is more than a history. It contains a philosophy and a human story, and deserves to be read.
CUELINE (Newsletter of the West End Stage Management Association)
The book is highly recommended reading for anyone with the slightest interest in the history of theatre in general and theatre sound in particular, and should be an absolute requirement for the library of any self-respecting drama college, if not the personal library of every student of the art of theatre sound.
JOHN A. LEONARD - SOUND DESIGNER
THEATRES TRUST MAGAZINE
… a much needed history of the evolution of sound as an aspect of theatrical production.
JOHN BRACEWELL – AUTHOR AND SOUND DESIGNER
THEATRE DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
… a handsome, meticulously and lovingly researched book, an invaluable source of information.... must, surely, be regarded from now on as the key work on stage sound.
SARDINES (Amateur Theatre Magazine, Spring/Summer 2013)
Collison traces the development of electrified theatrical sound by recounting his journey from a lowly assistant stage manager to a highly skilled sound designer. Much of his story is told through anecdotes and it reads like a transcription of backstage war stories.
AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR THEATRE RESEARCH 2011
The wonderful and remarkable thing that Collison creates for theatre sound enthusiasts like me is brand new research yielding the whereabouts of some of the most important and yet often sadly forgotten pioneers of early theatrical sound. A fantastic insight, passionately written and from my perspective, it couldn't come more highly recommended.
BRIAN DAWSON ON AMAZON.CO.UK
I brought this book to help some of my Year 11 students studying Musical Theatre and it has been a fantastic resource. Easy to read and packed with valuable information.
HELEN ON AMAZON.CO.UK