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Daphne Oram's Wonderful World of Sound

Live-scored by electronic sound artist Anneke Kampman, Daphne Oram’s Wonderful World of Sound is a journey through the amazing life of one of the great, unsung composers of the twentieth century. Read more …

In 1942, a séance inspires seventeen-year-old Daphne Oram to found the world-famous BBC Radiophonic Workshop and shape the entire development of electronic sound, cutting a trailblazing path through uncharted musical territory. This is her incredible story.

The critical consensus

It's compelling, good-humoured and life-affirming theatre.

****(*)Lorna Irvine, The List, 11/05/2017

There’s much to enjoy here, not least Anneke Kampman’s live sound score, but the final result verges on less than the sum of its parts.

***(*)(*)Paul F Cockburn, Broadway Baby, 11/05/2017

A strange and powerful show.

****(*)Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 13/05/2017

Wonderful World is another ambitious work from a fearless young company, and a wonderfully warm-hearted introduction to one of electronic music’s forgotten trailblazers.

Christine Irvine, Exeunt, 14/05/2017

The four-strong supporting ensemble energetically portrays the peripheral figures in Daphne’s life, while McArthur inspires warmth and admiration for her unconventional heroine.

****(*)Allan Radcliffe, 16/05/2017

This play has little to offer an audience unless you are deeply, passionately interested in either Daphne Oram or BBC commissioning procedure. Ideally both.

**(*)(*)(*)James Hampson, The Skinny, 18/05/2017

There is a freshness and infectious enthusiasm to Daphne Oram’s Wonderful World of Sound. This, allied to a magnetic central performance, overcomes oddities in the script and staging to create a thoroughly pleasing whole.

****(*)Hugh Simpson, All Edinburgh Theatre, 25/05/2017

Where and when?

Tron Theatre, Glasgow from Tuesday May 9, 2017, until Saturday May 13, 2017. More info:

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh from Tuesday May 23, 2017, until Wednesday May 24, 2017. More info:

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