Invitation to Quote / Specification- Sound Designer / Composer

Posted on: 17th April 2020


Invitation to Quote / Specification

The Playhouse Theatre Peacebuilding Academy is inviting a Sound Designer / Composer to quote for the following:


Sound Designer / Composer for 

ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN 1972: Voices from the Heart of The Troubles

by Damian Gorman, Directed by Kieran Griffiths, The Playhouse Theatre Peace Building Academy


Project Background

The Playhouse has a strong record of developing arts and peacebuilding initiatives in partnership with a wide variety of statutory and community / voluntary sector agencies with the aims of promoting a wide range of personal / social benefits including community relations development, conflict transformation, truth recovery, social inclusion & personal development.

The Theatre Peace Building Project draws from this previous work and, in partnership with Holywell Trust, Thomas D'Arcy Foundation and Queens University, will programme a range of nationally / internationally theatre artists with significant experience of using arts activity in areas of conflict & post conflict / areas of social breakdown to promote healing and reconciliation within Northern Ireland / Border Counties. Our previous work includes The Crack in Everything by Jo Egan.


Theatre Production: "ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN 1972: Voices from the Heart of The Troubles"

Damian is working with seven people impacted by 1972, the worst year of the ‘Troubles'. Almost 500 killings (nearly 100 in the month of July alone); 10,000 shootings, 2,000 explosions, and almost 5,000 people physically injured.

But statistics only take you so far, and they don't take you inside the hearts of people who were there. 1972 was an extraordinary year- a year when it felt like anything could happen- but it was a year of lives as well as deaths. Through this production seven people will tell their own story of that year.

ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN 1972: Voices from the Heart of The Troubles is a theatre performance by the poet and playwright Damian Gorman. However please note that due to Covid 19 Government restrictions we are creating a contingency plan as this theatre production may have to be delivered online rather than a live theatre performance.

Damian Gorman is a poet and playwright born and reared in Northern Ireland, now living in Wales. His work has garnered awards as diverse as a Better Ireland Award and an MBE, a Golden Harp and a BAFTA. For more than 30 years he has also worked with other people on their stories. In the mid 1990s he was founding director of An Crann/The Tree, a project which worked to "help people tell, and hear, the stories of the Troubles" through the arts. More recently he worked for almost 10 years with young Israelis and Palestinians on the ground-breaking Olive Tree project, using writing and story-telling as tools of dialogue and understanding. Damian has been appointed a fellow of the Oxford Initiative for Global Ethics and Human Rights.

Service required

We are seeking a Sound Designer / Composer for ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN 1972: Voices from the Heart of The Troubles by Damian Gorman. The Sound Designer / Composer will work alongside Damian Gorman, Director Kieran Griffiths and the Theatre and Peacebuilding Academy team.

The Sound Designer / Composer should be prepared to compose and submit pre-recorded musical compositions which will be cue-ed for either a live theatre production or, if government restrictions are not fully eased by August then for an online production.

The Sound Designer / Composer should be available from the 3rd August 2020 until the 19th September.


Commissioned Playwright Damian Gorman, Director Kieran Griffiths and Theatre and Peacebuilding Academy team will select a creative and production team who are flexible and responsive to the creative process, and who are supportive of a community cast.

Key Dates 

Live Theatre

The get-in is planned in Playhouse on the week commencing 7th September (TBC) with the

production opening from 16th - 19th September.

The Production will then travel to Seamus Heaney HomePlace for one performance on 25th September.


Online Theatre

If government restrictions have not eased the production will be screened online on 16th September.


Technical Information 

Playhouse, Derry. Technical Specs (equipment may be borrowed, if available)

Home Place Theatre. Technical Specs - Available on Request



To quote, please provide us with a quote for the proposed role. Please submit your quotation in the currency of € (euros) as the contract and payment will be in €.

· Subsistence & Accommodation: subsistence and accommodation costs should be included in the fees quoted in this tender. No subsistence or accommodation costs will be covered by the project.
· Mileage / Public Transport: The project will pay for mileage / transport costs which are a direct need of the project. The production venue will be used as the base for mileage costs. 
The project will pay 0.45p per mile. Mileage / transport costs from your home to the place of work will not be deemed eligible.


Contact Person

Please contact Elaine Forde if you have any questions regarding this invitation to quote:

The Playhouse, 5-7 Artillery St, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6RG

Tel - 028 71 268027 | Email -




If you are interested in working with us, please send us:

- A cover letter or email outlining your suitability to the production and a CV. 

- Examples of compositions composed for live theatre / events - please send sound files through wetransfer. Wesbite:
- Quotation for fee in €. 
- The names and contact details of two referees.

Please Note:

- Failure to supply the four items listed in Section 6 titled Response will result in the application being deemed ineligible. 
- We will score applications on artistic quality and appropriateness to the subject matter rather than cost. Therefore, we will not necessarily select the cheapest tender.


Submission deadline

Please send your response (including the information stipulated above) to

The submission deadline is 6pm (UK Time) on 27th April 2020.

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