Ben Smith

Theatre Sound Engineer

About Me

Ben Smith

Ben Smith (he/him)

I am a freelance theatre sound engineer based in SE London, working as a sound operator for musicals and plays: I have worked on Regional productions, National and International Tours, and in the West End. I am confident mixing musicals, including working with actor-musicians, click-tracks, and in large venues, as well as looking after backstage as a Sound No. 2.

I also have experience in sound design for theatrical productions, concerts and live events.

I maintain a collection of scripts for Figure 53’s Qlab, as well as a few simple scripts to make working with Reaper easier in a live theatre environment - the reaper scripts can be installed via the package manager Reapack, allowing you to keep the scripts up to date. I have also worked on a small application which allows you to remotely display the position of the playhead on a Qlab cue list - ideal for anyone remotely operating a cue list during a show!

In addition, I have recently learnt some simple web development, put to use on the site you’re looking at right now!

Recent Projects

Rehab The Musical

Rehab The Musical

Head of Sound | Playground Theatre

Directed by Gary Lloyd
Sound Design by Chris Whybrow

September 2022

Footloose

Footloose

Head of Sound | UK and International Tour
Selladoor

Directed by Racky Plews
Sound Design by Chris Whybrow

Jan - Oct 2022

Top Hat

Top Hat

Sound No. 1 | The Mill At Sonning

Directed by Jonathan O'Boyle
Sound Design by Chris Whybrow

Oct 2021 - Jan 2022

Chicago

Chicago

Sound No. 3 | Kongress Square
Festival Ljubljana

Directed by Mykal Rand
Sound Design by Chris Whybrow

August 2021

The Pirate Queen

The Pirate Queen

Sound Operator | London Coliseum

Directed by Drew Baker
Sound Design by Olly Steel

February 2020

Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Fashion Freak Show

Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Fashion Freak Show

Sound No. 2 | International Tour

Directed by Jean-Paul Gaultier
Associate Direction by Fanny Coindet

Jan - Feb 2020

Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking

Sound No. 1 | Royal & Derngate

Directed by Jesse Jones & Helena Middleton
Sound Design by Dominic Bilkey

December 2019

The Season

The Season

Sound No. 1 & Associate Sound Designer | Royal & Derngate

Directed by Tim Jackson
Sound Design by Andy Graham

November 2019

Equus

Equus

Sound No. 2 | Trafalgar Studios

Directed by Ned Bennett
Sound Design by Giles Thomas

Jun - Sep 2019

In The Willows

In The Willows

Sound No. 1 | UK Tour

Directed by P Burton-Morgan
Sound Design by Andy Graham

Feb - Jun 2019

Suspensions: Maroon 5

Suspensions: Maroon 5

Sound Designer | Anson Rooms
The Bristol Suspensions

Five year anniversary concert with all previous performers

February 2019

Fanatical

Fanatical

Sound No. 1 & Assistant Sound Designer | Playground Theatre

Directed by Grace Taylor
Sound Design by Andy Graham

Nov - Dec 2018

Fup - A Modern Fable

Fup - A Modern Fable

Sound No. 1 | UK Tour
Kneehigh Theatre

Directed by Simon Harvey
Sound Design by Andy Graham

Sep - Oct 2018

Love Aca-tually

Love Aca-tually

Sound Designer | theSpace Triplex, Edinburgh Fringe
The Bristol Suspensions

Musical Direction by Eleanor Leaper

August 2018

The Greatest Wealth

The Greatest Wealth

Sound Operator | The Old Vic

Directed by Adrian Lester
Sound Design by Andy Graham

June 2018