by Ellie Griffiths

Sound Symphony is a new sound-performance being made for young audiences with profound autism and their families.

The piece is a journey through music, sound and silence. Weaving together cello, singing and object noises, Sound Symphony is designed to create a sensory-rich environment, where the audience can feel the music through their whole body.

This highly interactive performance aims to give audiences with profound autism access to high-quality theatre.

Sound Symphony will tour Scotland from 3-24 May 2019.  Details below.

A project website has been set up at

Photo above by eoin carey

Press response to Sound Symphony . . .

“a joyful and exquisite piece of work, beautifully designed by Katy Wilson and lit by Colin Grenfell, and composed and performed with terrific sensitivity and exuberance by three musician-theatremakers, Greg Sinclair, Sonia Allori and Shiori Usui.” 
★★★★, Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman (read the full review here).

“As beautifully conceived in its visual and tactile dimensions as in its music and sound, Sound Symphony is a brilliantly crafted, wonderfully benign, deeply moving piece of theatre. ”
★★★★★, Mark Brown, Herald on Sunday/National (read full review here).

“Paying tribute to the sculpture of music, Sound Symphony has a keen interest in involving its audience in the sights, feels and environment of creating music through their own bodies, and the show accommodates a variety of senses for the whole audience.”
★★★★, Dominic Corr, The Skinny (read the full review here).

“I felt welcomed and comfortable. Performers joined in audience members in their vocalisations and mannerisms, not to mirror or imitate but to incorporate them into the performance. There was no dread of doing the wrong thing or interrupting. In this space, it was okay to be autistic, and stim, to laugh and squeal with joy, to clap whenever you were pleased or just watch and smile.”
92%, Brian Tyrell, The Fountain (read the full review here).

Creative team

Director and Lead Artist Ellie Griffiths
Performers/Composer Sonia Allori, Greg Sinclair, & Shiori Usui
Musical Director & Lead Composer Greg Sinclair
Designer Katy Wilson
Sound Designer Matt Padden
Lighting Designer Colin Grenfell
Movement Director Natasha Gilmore
Dramaturg Naomi O Kelly
Research Advisor Joe Wright
Associate Artist Greta McMillan

Stage Manager Rosie Ward
Technical Stage Manager Emma Reid
Production Manager Grahame Coyle
Audience Development & Marketing Sally Wilson
Assistant Producer Andrew Jeffrey
Producer Mhari Robinson

Creative Consultant Coery Nicholson
Evaluator Max Alexander

>> Read more about the Sound Symphony Team

Sound Symphony on tour May 2019:

Friday 17th May at 10.30am and 1.30pm

The Barn, Banchory
AB31 5QA
01330 825431

Tickets: £8 adults, £6 children. One free carer place per child.

Advance booking essential. Online booking is not available.
Please call the Box Office direct on 01330 825431 (Tues – Sat 12:00 – 16:00) or by email at to make your booking.

Monday 20th May at 10.30am and 1.15pm

Byre Theatre, St Andrews
Abbey Street, KY16 9LA
01334 475000

Tickets: £10 (parents/ carers free).

Advance booking essential. Online booking is not available.
Please call the Box Office direct on  01334 475 000 or by email  at to make your booking.

Wednesday 22nd May at 10.30am and 1.30pm

Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy
Bennochy Rd, KY1 1ET
01592 583302

Tickets: £6 (carers / teachers go free).

Advance booking essential. Online booking is not available.
Please call the Box Office direct on  01592 583302 or by email  at to make your booking.

Friday 24th May at 1.30pm and 6pm

Lyth Arts Centre, Wick
01955 641434

Tickets: £6

Advance booking essential. Online booking is not available.
Please call the Box Office direct on 01955 641434 or by email at to make your booking.

Completed runs:

3-7 May, The Studio, Edinburgh
11 May, The Joan Knight Studio, Perth Theatre
13 May, Platform, Glasgow
15 May, Town Hall, Johnstone