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NICK SAGAR SOUND DESIGN

SOUND DESIGN & MUSIC FOR THEATRE & LIVE ARTS

sound@nicksagar.com

+44 (0) 7960 935857

Nick is a Sound Designer & Composer specialising in Theatre & Live Arts.

He has collaborated on productions across the world, working with celebrated artists and directors in a wide range of genres – from shows for children to operatic-scale performance-art pieces.

Nick began his career in sound working on some of the biggest shows in London’s West End before enjoying a successful career travelling to all corners of the world as a Sound Designer.

Regular collaborators include the world-renowned director Robert Wilson, Manchester International Festival, National Theatre of Scotland, Birmingham Stage Company and Change Performing Arts in Italy.

The Covid pandemic has obviously brought most of his work to an abrupt (but hopefully temporary) end so Nick is currently concentrating on helping new and emerging artists in his recording studio in the North-West of England UK

PRODUCTIONS

Quality Street | UK Tour from Feb’20
Northern Broadsides | Laurie Sansom | Composer: Nick Sagar

Billionaire Boy | UK Tour until Dec’20
Birmingham Stage Company | Neal Foster

Jungle Book | World Tour
Théatre de la Ville, Paris | Robert Wilson | Composer: CocoRosie

Tree of Codes | International Dates
Manchester International Festival | Wayne McGregror | Composer: JamieXX

Das Dschungelbuch | Schauspielhaus Dusseldorf (in Rep)
D’haus Dusseldorf | Robert Wilson | Composer: CocoRosie

Mary Said What She Said | International Dates
Théatre de la Ville, Paris | Robert Wilson | Composer: Ludovico Einaudi

Autobiography | International Dates
Random Dance | Wayne McGregor | Composer: JLin

Beauty & The Beast | Belfast Grand Opera House 2019-20
QDOS Entertainment

Peter Pan | Dartford Orchard Theatre 2019-20
QDOS Entertainment

Horrible Histories ‘Tudors & Egyptians’ | UK Tour until Dec’19
Birmingham Stage Company | Neal Foster | Composer: Matthew Scott

First Snow/Premiere Neige | Montreal/Edinburgh
National Theatre of Scotland / Théatre PaP | Patrice Dubois | SD/Composer: Nick Sagar

Tom Gates | UK Tour
Birmingham Stage Company | Neal Foster | Composer: Mark Flannery

Horrible Histories ‘Brand New Barmy Britain’ | Apollo Theatre, London 2019
Birmingham Stage Company | Neal Foster | Composer: Matthew Scott

Peter Pan | Richmond Theatre 2018-19
QDOS Entertainment

Jack & The Beanstalk | Belfast Grand Opera House 2018-19
QDOS Entertainment

Awful Auntie | UK Tour
Birmingham Stage Company | Neal Foster

Horrible Histories ‘Barmy Britain 4’ | Apollo Theatre, London 2018
Birmingham Stage Company | Neal Foster | Composer: Matthew Scott

Gangsta Granny | UK Tour
Birmingham Stage Company | Neal Foster

Horrible Histories ‘More Best of Barmy Britain’ | UK Tour
Birmingham Stage Company | Neal Foster | Composer: Matthew Scott

Horrible Histories ‘Wicked Warwick’ | Warwick Castle
Birmingham Stage Company | Neal Foster | Composer: Matthew Scott

Running Wild | UK Tour
Children’s Touring Partnership | Tim Sheader | Composer: Nick Powell

The James Plays | National Theatre, London / International Tour
National Theatre GB / National Theatre of Scotland | Laurie Sansom

Letter To A Man | International Tour
Change Performing Arts  | Robert Wilson

Tom’s Midnight Garden | UK Tour
Birmingham Stage Company | Neal Foster | Composer: Jak Poore

Life & Death of Marina Abramovic | International Tour
Manchester International Festival | Robert Wilson | Composer: Anthony

End of the Road | International Tour
Manchester International Festival / No Theatre | Roy Faudre

A Doll’s House | Tour
National Theatre of Scotland | Graham McLaren | SD/Composer: Nick Sagar

Appointment with the Wicker Man | Tour
National Theatre of Scotland | Vicky Featherstone

Men Should Weep | Tour
National Theatre of Scotland | Graham McLaren | SD/Composer: Nick Sagar

Caledonia | Edinburgh International Festival
National Theatre of Scotland | Anthony Neilson

Jungle Book | UK Tour
Birmingham Stage Company | Neal Foster

Hello Dolly | UK Tour
Chris Moreno Ltd. | Chris Colby

Il Tempo Del Postino | Manchester International Festival
Manchester International Festival | Various

as Associate Sound Designer…

Old Woman | Onasis Theatre, Athens
Change Performing Arts | Robert Wilson

Krapp’s Last Tape | National Theatre of China, Beijing
Change Performing Arts | Robert Wilson

27 | Edinburgh Lyceum Theatre
National Theatre of Scotland | Vicky Featherstone | SD: Nick Powell

Peter Pan | Edinburgh Lyceum Theatre
National Theatre of Scotland | John Tiffany | SD: Gareth Fry

Blackwatch | Pitlochery
National Theatre of Scotland | John Tiffany | SD: Gareth Fry

Bacchae | Lincoln Centre, New York
National Theatre of Scotland | John Tiffany | SD: Chris Schutt


PRESS

‘..with a fine, meditative soundscape by Nick Sagar, the idea of the need for political hope is viewed from many angles’
First Snow/Première Neige  / The Scotsman

‘Technically superlative’
Wayne McGregor’s ‘Autobiography’ / Evening Standard

‘How this came to be a work of dance performance is one of those rare miracles of creativity that you close your eyes and give thanks to the God you don’t believe in. Creative partnerships have long fascinated me, and when they come together to produce a work such as this, coming from such diverse strands of creativity… it’s just kind of really amazing.’
Wayne McGregor’s ‘Tree of Codes’ / Australian Stage

‘Technically impeccable, psychologically disturbing’
Letter To A Man / MadridEsTeatro

‘Throughout the collaboration of music, light, sound, design and text is exceptional…simply beautiful’
Life & Death of Marina Abramovic / The Guardian ****

“Chris Shutt and Nick Sagar’s sound design are also worthy of mention, conjuring brooding soundscapes and modern interpretations of courtly music which underscore the events unfolding on stage”
James Plays / Edinburgh Spotlight *****

“Outstanding design work helps create the impression of being inside a cohesive, immersive world. The frequent offstage sound of drumming (design by Christopher Shutt and Nick Sagar)”
James Plays / The Star (Canada) *****

“Throughout, the sound effects – those squelching brains, the sizzling of the stake – add to the appeal.”
Horrible Histories ‘Terrible Tudors at the Tower’ / Guardian

“…a sensational fusion of dance, light, music, sound, optical trickery and moving mirrors.”
Tree of Codes / What’sOnStage *****

“Sometimes five stars are not enough.”
Tree of Codes / The Independent *****

“The terrific creative team has set the bar high by working over the last two years to make a contemporary ballet that responds to a remarkable work.”
Tree of Codes / Manchester Evening News *****

“Technically, the production is a state-of-the art visual and acoustic treat, climaxing with an extraordinary illusional sequence where translucent mirror and lighting effects transform dancing bodies into a succession of fleeting blurry mirages.”
Tree of Codes / The Stage *****

“The choreography is challenging with superb lifts and clever counter-balancing. Credit also has to go to Rob Halliday’s lighting realisation and Nick Sagar’s sound design.”
Tree of Codes / Manchester Evening News *****

“The sound effects team does a lot of work here, helping to carry much of the humour along.”
More Best of Barmy Britain / Culture Whisper *****

“BSC’s multi-instrument playing cast intersperse their crystal-clear dialogue with music and haunting sound effects to keep its young (and old) audience spellbound”
Tom’s Midnight Garden / The Star

‘The collage-like portrait, a paean to a suffering artist, is exquisite to see and hear’
Life & Death of Marina Abramovic / The Times ****

‘…while an ominous soundtrack by Nick Sagar further adds to the agony of the heroine’s predicament’
A Doll’s House / The Times ***

‘…the incidental music, a moody sound-scape of muted and sustained chords, manages a perfect balance which adds to the production without ever intruding’
A Doll’s House / Edinburgh Evening Post ****

“..tremendously tense and urgent staging …backed by Nick Sagar’s fierce, simmering soundscape.
A Doll’s House / Scotsman ****

“The whole thing is lynch pinned together with sound designer Nick Sagar’s wonderful sound effects”
Horrible Histories ‘Invaders & Greeks’ / thepublicreviews.com ****

‘Nick Sagar provides the squelchiest and most vomit inducing sounds on the London Stage’
Horrible Histories ‘Barmy Britain’ / Daily Telegraph ****

“The sound designed by Nick Sagar was flawless, conjuring up objects and scenes with masterful timing”
Horrible Histories ‘Barmy Britain’ / ayoungertheatre.com

‘Sound effects, either in the choregraphed action or within the scripted dialogue, never miss a beat’
Horrible Histories ‘Tudors & Victorians’ / OneStopArts

“Featuring some of the most hilarious and disgusting sound effects ever to make contact with a child’s eardrums, the show delivers hilarity and hard-hitting historic facts in equal measure…”
Horrible Histories ‘Barmy Britain’ / Official London Theatre

‘The result is a gorgeous, riveting spectacle; a waking dream; a poem of light and sound, voice and movement, bodies and words’
Life & Death of Marina Abramovic / Stage & Cinema

‘…gorgeous to behold and, when music plays, mesmerizing to hear’
Life & Death of Marina Abramovic / Huffington Post

“Jak Poore’s compositions are wonderful and have an almost eerie quality which Nick Sagar’s sound design ensures is showcased well”
Tom’s Midnight Garden / Broadway World

“The back of the house sound design team are the most brilliant in the world and make it happen every night with loads of computers, wires, monitors, house sound, stage sound, headsets, musicians in the pit, musicians on stage, sound effects and electronic music cues that have to be spot on with the lighting and actors and really one has no idea just how easy everything could go down, but knock on wood… when it matters most these mofos bring it! failure is not an option. Sound designer Nick Sagar, sound design operator, Jon Clarence, and music supervisor, Dan Bora made everything sound sooo good. My boys! so good!”
Interview with Composer William Basinski / Headphone Commute