Chris Menes is an electronic musician and theatre sound designer based in Bristol. He is a member of The Association of Sound Designers.
Chris’s passion is for creative and inspiring theatre sound design. He works closely within the devising process to explore the possibilities of sound to enhance performance and help drive narrative. His focus is on generating original sound and recordings as well as bringing a sense of play and experimentation to the rehearsal room.
He also enjoys experimenting with simple electronics to build unique DIY instruments which can be recorded or used in live performance.
Theatre work has included:
Assistant Sound Designer (Alongside Matt Huxley) for Tessa Bide Productions and Soap Soup Theatre’s ‘The Selfish Giant’ which opened for a month long run during Christmas 2018 at Clapham Omnibus, London, and will tour nationally throughout 2019.
Sound Design for Hive Theatre’s ‘This Perfect World’ which opened at The Egg, Theatre Royal Bath in July 2018
Sound Design for an R&D of ‘Threads’, an experimental dance and circus performance directed by Gwen Hales. March 2018
Co-sound designer (with Nick Janaway) for an R&D residency at The Brewhouse, Taunton for ‘Babble’, an experimental, interactive early years work by Flibberdigibbert Theatre. February 2018
Sound design for New Model Theatre’s ‘Happiness Ltd’ which opened at The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter for a two week run in October 2017 as well as performances at Salisbury Playhouse, Theatre Royal Plymouth and New Diorama Theatre, London.
Sound design for Soap Soup Theatre’s family show, ‘The Pixies’ Scarf’, which opened at The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol for a week run over Easter 2017 and had an Arts Council funded tour during 2017.
Building electronic sound effect machines for Fine Chisel’s ‘Beneath the Blizzard’ which opened Christmas 2016 at The Exeter Bike Shed before moving to The Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare and The Egg, Theatre Royal Bath.
Sound design for Theatre West’s ‘The Orator’ written by Marietta Kirkbride and directed by Chloe Masterton which had a two week run at The Acta Centre, Bristol in September 2016.
Working alongside Timothy X Atack (Sleepdogs) to assist in delivering the sound design for Lucy Cassidy’s ‘Can You See Me?’ at The Egg, Theatre Royal Bath. September 2016.
Sound design for Lady Strong’s Bonfire’s ‘The Bed’ which opened at The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol in May 2016,
Sound design for the R&D of Liz Hart’s ‘Mummy Monster’ (Produced by Lady Strong’s Bonfire).
Sound design for Soap Soup Theatre’s ‘The Environs’. A walk about festival show which has been performed at Shambala and Boom Town Fair.
Operating sound and lights in over 40 venues for the national tours of Soap Soup Theatre’s ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’s Treasury of Nonsense’ and ‘The Snow Baby’.
Operating Tessa Bide’s Christmas 2015 show ‘The Melody Makers’ for its runs at The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol and The Marine, Lyme Regis.
Chris is currently studying for a Masters in Creative Sound and Media Technology at Bath-Spa University.
In 2015 he completed the Sound Design For Theatre summer school at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
Between 2006 & 2010 he was a founding member of Collective-Era, a visual arts collective based first in Oxford then in Brighton.
He graduated in BA Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University in 2005.