In 1962 David Collison received the first poster credit for sound in the theatre and went on to become the first person to be called a Theatre Sound Designer in the UK. Among his many innovations was the introduction of the first mixing desk in the West End for the Stephen Sondheim musical "Company" in 1974.
During the 1970s and 1980s, he worked on more than fifty West End musicals including Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Mame, A Little Night Music, Grease, Company, Applause, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar.
He was Sound Designer for the Royal Shakespeare Company under Sir Peter Hall and for the National Theatre Company under Sir Laurence Olivier. As a sound consultant with Richard Pilbrow’s company, Theatre Projects, he designed permanent sound systems for theatres and concert halls in the UK and around the world, including the National Theatre of Great Britain.
In 2007, David Collison received the USITT Harold Burris-Meyer Distinguished Career in Sound Design Award.
His book, Stage Sound, with a foreword by Sir Peter Hall was published in 1976 with a second edition in 1982. Describing the basic components of a sound system, the creation and use of sound effects, plus information on sound reinforcement for musicals, it was welcomed as an important handbook for both amateur and professional theatre technicians, and a vital reference for drama schools and colleges.
David is married to actress Alison Neil, renowned for writing and performing one-woman plays. See more at: www.alisonneil.co.uk.
Watch an interview with the author on the stage of the National Theatre at the Theatre Sound Colloquium 2013.