James Frewer

Composer/Sound Designer/Musical Director

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Below the Line

Assistant: Charlotte Edwards

Below the Line

James graduated with a Masters degree in Music from the University of Hull in 2011.  He works as a Composer, Musical Director, Sound Designer and Performer. He is an Associate Artist of Middle Child, Boundless Theatre and Hull Truck. 

Jamie Vartan’s design, with its cut-out houses and miniature cars, and James Frewer’s live music still hit the spot
The Guardian on The Hundred and One Dalmatians

As it surges through the years, James Frewer’s music keeps pace … what goes around comes around—the score does more than show the passage of time. It taps into the rhythms of British life. You feel the beat beneath the story’s surface; the sound of a nation at each point in time.
Matt Trueman (Fest Mag) on All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

James Frewer cleverly intersperses his original compostitions with familiar tunes
The Guardian on Folk

Its original compositions are certainly evocative and memorable
The Guardian on Weekend Rockstars

Weekend Rockstars was awarded the Musical Theatre Network's Development Award for 2015.

Theatre

ProductionCompanyNotes
2017 - 2018

Birmingham Rep

Dir. Tessa Walker
Composer/Musical Director/Musician

2017

Middle Child

Dir. Paul Smith
Composer/Musical Director

2017

Middle Child/Paines Plough/Roundabout @ Summerhall

Dir. Paul Smith
Composer/Musical Director

2017

Orange Tree Theatre

Dir. Alex Thorpe
Composer/Sound Designer

2016 - 2017

New Vic Theatre

Dir. Theresa Heskins
Assistant MD/Performer
Nominated for Best Show for Children and Young People, 2017 UK Theatre Awards

2016

Pilot Theatre

Dir. Katie Posner
Composer/Sound Designer

2016

Birmingham Rep/Watford Palace/Hull Truck

Dir. Tessa Walker
Composer/Musical Director

2016

Pentabus Theatre

Dir. Jo Newman
Sound Designer

2016

Northern Stage/UK Tour

Dir. Lorne Campbell
Sound Design, Additional Composition and Musical Supervision

2015

Hull Truck

Dir. Mark Babych
Composer/Musical Director

2015

Hampstead Theatre Downstairs

Dir. Caitlin McLeod
Sound Designer

2015

Middle Child Theatre

Dir. Paul Smith
Composer/Sound Designer

2015

Cast Doncaster

Dir. Esther Richardson and Lucy Hind
Musical Director/Performer

2015

Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe/New Diorama

Dir. Paul Smith
Co-written with Luke Barnes
Musical Theatre Network Development Award 2015

2015

Pentabus Theatre

Dir. Tinuke Craig
Sound Designer

2015

Hampstead Theatre Downstairs

Dir. Anna Ledwich
Sound Designer

2014

Middle Child Theatre

Dir. Paul Smith
Composer/Musical Director

2014

Hull Truck

Dir. Mark Babych
Composer/Musical Director

2014

Middle Child Theatre

Dir. Paul Smith
Composer/Musical Director

2014

Paines Plough/Tour

Dir. Stef O'Driscoll
Musical Director

2014

Watford Palace Theatre

Dir. Brigid Larmour & Shona Morris
Composer/Sound Designer

2014

Hull Truck

Dir. Paul Smith
Composer/Musical Director

2014

Park Theatre/Big Bear

Dir. James Bounds
Composer

2014

Hull Truck

Dir. Mark Babych
Composer/Sound Designer

2013

Soho Theatre

Dir. Steve Marmion
Musical Director/Performer

THE UGLY SISTERS

2013

Rash Dash/UK Tour

Dir. Kyle Davies/Rash Dash
Sound Designer

2013

National Theatre

Dir.Jeremy Herrin
Assistant Composer to Stephen Warbeck/Dep Performer

SATURDAY NIGHT, SUNDAY MORNING

2013

Middle Child Theatre

Dir. Paul Smith
Musical Director/Performer

2013

Red Ladder/UK Tour

Dir. Rod Dixon
Composer/Sound Designer