Chris’ work explores the interactions between sound, music, and story-telling in written, devised, and improvised contexts.
Chris trained as a composer with Diana Burrell at GSMD. He has composed musical theatre scores for The Borrowers (MAC), Three Witches (Belgrade Theatre) and film scores for The Mandrake Root (European Drama Network) and About a Girl (Alex Kirkland). Also Self-Respect which was premiered by Claire Moore in A Song Cycle for Soho (Soho Theatre/MMD) and Scars which was premiered by Cassidy Jansson in Go With The Heart (BML). He was a PRS Resident Composer with Hackney Music Development Trust, mentored by Matthew King and Jonathan Dove.
He arranged, orchestrated, and musically directed the world premiere of Tess of the D’Urbervilles (New Wimbledon Studio). Musically directed George M. Cohan Tonight! (Charing Cross Theatre), and Newley: The Singer and his Songs (Edinburgh Festival Fringe). He has created sound designs for Kissing Sid James (New Red Lion, 59e59 New York), Red Sky/Blue Sky (Bridge House Theatre), and Not a Game for Boys (Kings Head Theatre). Chris improvises live electronic soundscapes for The Society of Strange (Extempore).
In addition to Showstopper!, he has improvised keyboards for Grand Theft Impro, Austentatious, Lights Camera Improvise, Scratch Impro, and the Improvathons at Hoxton Hall, Park Theatre, and Bristol Old Vic.
Chris trained in workshop skills at Goldsmiths, he has led creative workshops for International Schools Theatre Association, Anglia Ruskin University, Colchester Institute and Drama Studio London.
Chris is developing various writing projects, supported by BML Writers’ Group, and the MMD Advanced LAB. http://about.me/christopherash