Ben Collins

Ben Collins

Sound Designer - A Sleep of Prisoners, A Fortunate Life, SYDNEY II: Lost & Found
Ben Collins

Ben Collins

Sound Designer - A Sleep of Prisoners, A Fortunate Life, SYDNEY II: Lost & Found

Ben began working as a professional saxophonist in 1998, graduating from WAAPA in 2003 with a Bachelor of Music in Arranging and Composition.

Ben has performed with many notable artists including James Morrison, Joe Chindamo, and Don Burrows, and as a featured soloist with Grace Knight, Rhonda Birchmore and Daryl Somers. He has performed with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra alongside Graeme Lyall under the direction of Tommy Tycho and Guy Noble, with such artists as Ben Folds, Leslie Garrett, Anthony Warlow and Rob Guest. He has also performed with Christine Anu, Casey Donovan, and Pete Murray and regularly performs, records and tours as a freelance musician and with many groups in and around Perth.

Ben has mixed, edited and co-produced numerous albums for local artists/bands and composes and assists post production work on film projects. He received the WASA award in 2008 for best composition for a short animation Dox and was nominated in 2009 for Eternus. Ben was also shortlisted for the APRA Professional Development Award in the Film and Television Category in early 2011.

Since 2009 Ben has been part of the theatre industry as a Composer/ Sound Designer and has worked with the likes of Tim Winton, John Howard, John Waters, John Stanton, Heather Mitchell, Aaron Pedersen, Amanda Muggleton, Peter Farnan (Boom Crash Opera) Wendy Hughes, Wesley Enoch, Neil Armfield, Helen Morse, Michael Cormick and Rachael Beck. He’s worked for Black Swan State Theatre Company since 2009, composed for dance and mixed media works including Buzz Dance Company’s Behind The Veneer and toured nationally and internationally with Black Swan/Belvoir B’s production of The Sapphires.

Ben attended a week-long advanced field recording workshop with Chris Watson (BBC, David Attenborough) and Jez Riley French in Iceland in June 2014 where they focused on different field recording techniques, including multi-channel nature recordings and extensive use of contact microphones and hydrophones. Ben also participated in an internship with online game developer Big Point in Berlin during July 2014 as they updated Drakensang and began work on Game of Thrones.

As one half of electronic outfit The Bosons, in 2013 he completed a tour of the UK, Slovenia, South Korea, Japan and the east coast of Australia to promote their debut album and continues to write electronic music and explore interactive and tangible interfaces as part of his interest in electronic production and composition.

In addition to Ben’s performance experience, he continues to teach workshops and instrumental lessons throughout Perth and the surrounding areas. He was a peripatetic teacher of saxophones and clarinet between 2001 and 2009 at many schools including St Hilda’s Anglican Girls School, Scotch College, Newman College, St Marks Anglican School, Joondalup Baptist College, Peter Carnley Anglican School and Aranmore Catholic College.

He regularly provides workshops specializing in Sound Design and Composition at a secondary and tertiary level and mentoring students at Curtin University. Ben taught Theatre Technology and Fundamentals at Curtin University in 2015 and is currently lecturing in Sound Design for Theatre at WAAPA.

He has a keen interest in technology and its influence on the way music is created and produced, and is currently researching audio for interactive media and games, 3D audio and the application of it in VR. This includes basic knowledge of FMOD and Unity software.

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Have you ever wondered how writers and theatre makers craft oral histories into wonderful theatrical pieces?

WA Museum Boola Bardip and Theatre 180 have partnered to present “Voice From the Past: Creating Oral History Projects” on Sunday 28 November.

Join Founding and Current Artistic Directors Jenny Davis OAM and Stuart Halusz, with special guest, Stage Designer Neil Sheriff, as they work with you to explore aspects of the extensive collection at WA Museum Boola Bardip for inspiration, and provide you with an accessible toolkit to delve into your own creativity and imagination to bring the stories from your own past to life.

This informative, interactive and practical workshop is ideal for:
• Theatre Makers
• Drama Teachers
• People interested in their own family history
• People interested in Western Australian history and exploring the many stories contained in the WA Museum Boola Bardip Collection

Your ticket includes:
• All materials
• A ‘Page-to-Stage’ insight into THEATRE 180’s hit productions of AB Facey's - A Fortunate Life and SYDNEY II: Lost and Found, and the creation of our new genre CinemaStage
• Practical toolkit for researching and recording Oral Histories for theatre
• Q&A with THEATRE 180 Creatives, Producers and Actors
• Tea & coffee

*Participants would benefit from bringing a smartphone or laptop to assist in capturing research information and writing script notes

Sunday 28 November 
10am to 3pm
Cost $80
Location: Woodside Learning Studios, WA Museum Boola Bardip, Perth Cultural Centre.


#theatre #theatrewriting #writing #oralhistory #history #drama #dramaturgy #familyhistory #WAhistory #whatsonperth #perthevents #perthisok 

📸 image - Jenny Davis and Christine Harling (grand-daughter of Albert Facey) sharing the many stories of Facey's life.
We are thrilled and very honoured to announce that THEATRE 180 has been named as a FINALIST in the "2021 Western Australian Heritage Awards for Contribution by a Community-based Organisation".

It is so important to us to tell stories about Western Australians to Western Australians. Thank you for your continued support, from wherever you have seen us, and for allowing us to bring those stories to you.

Cross your fingers - winner is announced on 19 November. 

#theatre #liveperformance #livetheatre #stories #storytelling #westernaustralia #waisok #perthisok #perthhappenings 

You can read more about the awards here:
Looking forward to our next Mornings on the Terrace show CRAZY DAYS AND LAZY DAYS by Jenny Davis on Thursday 28th Oct at Burt Hall, 38 St Georges Tce, Perth! 

In spring the sap rises and the world comes out to play. A young cast of musical theatre graduates bring us songs to stir the blood and make mayhem, together with songs to dream away a sunny afternoon. Lucy Fraser and Marcus Gadd delight us with old favourites and modern greats. Together with the piano maestro, Craig Skelton, they bring us dramatic, comic and tender songs from recent musicals as well as plenty of classic numbers.

THEATRE 180 celebrates a vibrant young cast, both inspired by the greats of the past and excited about new musicals from around the world. What turns the head of a young person in spring? Why love, of course, together with all its hopes, dramas, sorrows and joys.

THEATRE 180 invites you to come with us and catch a little Spring Fever, as Lucy and Marcus dance their way through CRAZY DAYS and LAZY DAYS!


#theatre #spring #theatre180 #waapa
Have you booked for our upcoming seasons of SYDNEY II: LOST AND FOUND in Midland, Warwick and Geraldton?

Hurry tickets are selling fast - November 7 at Warwick is already sold out.

Book tickets:

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Kalgoorlie:  Not long until we arrive in the Goldfields bringing with us SYDNEY II: Lost and Found. Orana Cinemas Kalgoorlie this weekend - 18 & 19 September 

This unique live theatre performance in a cinema setting is like nothing you've seen before!

So, is it a movie?  No, but it does use the incredible aesthetics of a cinema screen to provide the magnificent backdrops to each scene, for the live cast of 3 actors to perform in front of. It's live theatre in a cinema setting! It's a very unique experience that has received rave reviews and sold out shows.

This compelling and true story of Australia's greatest naval disaster is a story for all generations and coupled with seeing live theatre in a non-traditional theatre venue, is a very special experience.

Book tickets:

#theatre180 #theatre #cinema #navy #Goldfields #Kalgoorlie #Boulder #history #thingstodoinkalgoorlie
Really enjoying performing the sold-out season of The Blackwood River Gliding By at Enderslea Farm, Chittering. 5 performances down and 3 to go. A stunning location!
Back by popular demand, our much-loved production AB Facey's - A Fortunate Life is NOW ON SALE.

We are thrilled we can bring a return season of this back to Perth.  Returning to Grand Cinemas Joondalup.

November 27 & 28 and December 4 & 5. All performances at 3pm.

Book tickets now:

#ticketsonsale #theatre #whatsonperth #books #cinema #film #australianhistory #literature #liveperformance.