Sammy Metcalfe:

Conversations with Objects

Sammy Metcalfe is the British representative of the Spanish-based company Sleepwalk Collective. In Sleepwalk Collective’s work, sound is a key dramaturgical ingredient and Metcalfe has often taken the part of a composer in the sense of the word that includes dramaturgy as well as music and sound design. In this masterclass he explains how he uses sound as an object in making theatre with his company. 

Born out of London’s DIY scene, Sleepwalk Collective are known for making dreamy, atmospheric performances, which expertly fuse a rich visual and sonic vocabulary to craft non-narrative, deeply experiential works.  

Listen to Sammy talk about the work of Sleepwalk Collective 

Watch Sammy talk about the making of Swimming Pools. 

This class was recorded on Zoom on 6th May 2021. 

[00:00:21] Intro
[00:03:43] About Sleepwalk Collective
[00:15:32] How We Make Shows
[00:32:36] Working with Sound and Music
[00:44:14] Creating Sound and Music
[00:54:24] Q & A

With thanks to the students on David Shearing’s Immersive Project 2021 at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama for taking part in the making of this video, especially the BA CPP: Performance Arts students: Magda Cinkova, Luca Cipollone, Tamar Degani, Benedict Doggwiler, Kate Duckworth, Phoebe Grove, Madison Maycock, Louis Mcneilly, Georgia Mulholland, Eve Proctor, Hannah Thomson, Oona Webster Jones, and the BA TP: Design for Stage students: Sophie Andrews, Sophie Davies, Greta Dietz, Jiayi Ding, Xinyi Du, Joe Lee, Yifei Ma, George Martin, William Tighe, Peiyao Wang, LeShaun Williams, Yimei Zhao, all of whom gave their permission to be featured in the final edit. Also thanks to Central lecturers Andreas Skourtis, David Shearing and Diana Damian Martin for their support in organising this series.