Ollie has more than two decades of professional experience working within the entertainment industry. Prior to joining Charcoalblue he toured extensively for eight years in the UK and Internationally. He was Head of Sound on tours including Shrek the Musical, Cats, Legally Blonde and Spamalot, and has experience of working in most of the UK's major theatres and many venues Internationally.
For seven years he was one of the resident sound and lighting technicians at Nottingham Theatre Royal. During this time, he was involved with the redesign and update of many of the theatre's systems including the new paging control system, installed sound system and stage lighting control systems.
Whilst training he worked at Plymouth Theatre Royal, Warwick Arts Centre and Warwick University Student’s Union as well as freelance work in the West End and around the UK.
Ollie continues to work on a freelance basis within the theatre industry including operating and production sound for various events.
At Charcoalblue Ollie's consultancy work includes the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Sadlers Well East, Donmar Warehouse and London’s Alexandra Palace.
Ollie discusses samples with the project team.
Ollie and the London team gather for a photo at their new studio at 180 The Strand.
What's the greatest lesson you've learnt as a Theatre Consultant?
Every project is different with unique challenges, achievements and hurdles to overcome.
What first sparked your love of theatre or performing arts?
Theatre is like no other entertainment, it's “live” and brings the audience into another world, making you part of the action. There is nothing like an audience’s reaction when completely absorbed in a production.
What qualities should a 'great performance space' have?
Intimacy, even when it’s a large space, and adaptability to allow designers to work their magic.
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