Dan Balfour

Sound Designer

Dan is a London-based Sound Designer and Dramaturg from the East Midlands. He has been nominated for Best Sound Design in the 2024 Olivier and WhatsOnStage Awards for his work on Dear England.

Awards and Nominations

2023 Olivier Award nomination for Best Sound Design for Dear England, National Theatre

2023 WhatsOnStage Award nomination for Best Sound Design for Dear England, National Theatre

2023 WhatsOnStage Award for Best Revival for VANYA, West End

2022 Off-West End Award nomination for Best Sound Design for Tempest, Pleasance Theatre

2019 Off-West End Award nomination for Best Sound Design for Operation Mincemeat, New Diorama

2018 Off-West End Award nomination for Best Sound Design for Blood Wedding, Omnibus Theatre

2018 Off-West End Award nomination for Best Sound Design for Great Apes, Arcola Theatre

List Of Productions

2024

DEAR ANNIE, I HATE YOU | Director: James Meteyard | Edinburgh Festival Fringe

CHERRY ORCHARD | Director: Benedict Andrews | Donmar Warehouse

VANYA NT LIVE | Film | Director: Sam Yates

MRS CALIBAN | Director: James Yeatman, Kandinsky | Theatre Technic

DEAR ENGLAND NT LIVE | Film | Director: Rupert Goold

2023

VANYA | Director: Sam Yates | Duke of York's Theatre, West End

DEAR ENGLAND | Director: Rupert Goold | National Theatre/ Prince Edward's Theatre, West End

I AM KEVIN | Film | Director: Mydd Pharo, Josh Pharo

WUTHERING HEIGHTS | Director: Inspector Sands | Royal & Derngate/ National Tour

ONE OF THEM ONES | Director: Ell While | National Tour

HOW TO BREAK OUT OF A DETENTION CENTRE | Director: Nico Vaccari, Bezna Theatre | Riverside Studios

ONE WHO WANTS TO CROSS | Director: Alice Hamilton | Finborough Theatre

2022

PRIVATE PEACEFUL | Director: Elle While | Nottingham Playhouse/ UK Tour

TEMPEST | Director: James Meteyard | Pleasance Theatre

LAVA | Fifth Word | National Tour

MISFORTUNE OF THE ENGLISH | Director: Oscar Toeman | Orange Tree Theatre

DANCE OF DEATH | Director: Mehmet Ergen | National Tour

LES DAWSON FLYING HIGH | Director: Bob Golding | National Tour

I AM KEVIN | Wildworks | Carlyon Bay

WIPE THESE TEARS | Director: Bezna Theatre | Camden People's Theatre

2021

CINDERELLA | Director: Toby Hulse | Oxford Playhouse

TWO CHARACTER PLAY | Director: Sam Yates | Hampstead Theatre

THE HATCHLING | Director: Angie Bual, Natalie Adams | Plymouth

CAN I LIVE? | Director: Daniel Bailey, Simon McBurney | Complicité

IDYL | Director: Elle While | National Tour

VOICES OF THE UNIVERSE | Director: Rod Sudgen, Dan Balfour | Headphone of Installation

2020

WIPE THESE TEARS | Director: Nico Vaccari | Bezna Theatre

THE LANGUAGE OF KINDNESS | R&D | Director: Sasha Malavic Davies | Wayward Productions

RE: HOME | Director: Taio Lawson | Young Vic

VOICES OF THE EARTH | Global Generation/ Complicité

PRIVATE PEACEFUL | Director: Elle While | Nottingham Playhouse

RACE FOR LIFE EVENTS | Director: Rob Shaw Cameron | Cancer Research UK 

FAHRENHEIT 451 | Director: Catherine Alexander | Peckham Theatre

SUGAR SYNDROME | Director: Oscar Toeman | Orange Tree Theatre

OPERATION MINCEMEAT | Spitlip/ Southwark Playhouse

2019

FAIRYTALE REVOLUTION | Director: Carla Kingham | Theatre 503

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST | Director: Steve Marmion | Oxford Playhouse

PAVILION | Director: Tamara Harvey | Theatre Clwyd

HOME | Director: Tail Lawson | Young Vic

FACEBOOK SUMMER PARTY | Private Event | We Are Family

OPERATION MINCEMEAT | Spitlip/ New Diorama Theatre

ILLEGALISED | Bezna Theatre/ National Tour

CYMBELINE | Director: Ben Naylor | Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

WILDERNESS | Director: Anna Ledwich | Hampstead Theatre

COUNTING SHEEP | Belarus Free Theatre/ Vaults Festival

2018

STOP AND SEARCH | Director: Memhet Ergen | Arcola Theatre

FACEBOOK CHRISTMAS PARTY | We Are Family/ Tobacco Docks

FAMILY DRAMA | R&D | Wardrobe Ensemble/ Toynbee Studios

BLOOD WEDDING | Director: George Richmond-Scott | Omnibus Theatre

LAVA | Fifth Word/ Nottingham Playhouse

EFFIGIES OF WICKEDNESS | Director: Ellen McDougall | Gate Theatre

VINOVAT | Bezna Theatre/ Teatru Republica, Romania

THE ROVER | Director: Ben Naylor | Central School of Speech and Drama

GREAT APES | Director: Oscar Pearce | Arcola Theatre

2017

FACEBOOK CHRISTMAS PARTY | We Are Family/ O2 Arena

DRACULA | Director: Bryony Lavery | The Curve, Leicester

A DANGEROUS WOMAN | Director: Yael Shavit | Birmingham Rep

THE DEVILS | Director: Ben Naylor | Central School of Speech and Drama

GOOGLE DEEPMIND PARTY | We Are Family/ Inverness

SEA FRET | Director: Carla Kingham | Old Red Lion

FIGURES OF SPEECH | Director: Anthony Almeida | Almeida Theatre

2016

FACEBOOK CHRISTMAS PARTY | We Are Family/ Hawker House

GREAT EXPECTATIONS | Attic Theatre Company/ Merton Arts Space

OH, WHAT A LOVELY WAR! | Director: Chris Larner | Mountview Caramel Club

JENUFA - OPERA WORKS | English National Opera/ Lillian Baylis Studio 1

SPINDRIFT | Curious Directive/ Theatre Royal Plymouth

NUDE | Forest Forge Theatre/ The Hope Theatre

ARTHUR THE BEAR KING | Puppet Soup/ Abergavenny Borough Theatre

DREAM - OPERA WORKS | English National Opera/ Lillian Baylis Studio 2

RE: HOME | Offstage Theatre/ The Yard

2015

AYT BINAURAL TOURS | Director: Laura Rolinson | Arcola Theatre

SOLO | Curious Directive/ Bush Theatre (RADAR) 

CALL MY BROTHER | Director: Real Shavit | Arcola Theatre

CAUGHT | Director: Cressida Brown | Arcola Theatre

THE MACHINE MAN | Puppet Soup/ RSPB (Conwy)

MISS JOHNSON | Director: Martin Wylde | RCSSD 

WALKING THE TIGHTROPE | Offstage Theatre/ Theatre Delicatessen

CAULDRON OF CERIDWEN | Puppet Soup/ Venue Cymru

2014

SUMMER FESTIVAL | Director: Jemima James | RCSSD

NAPOLEON BLOWN APART | Director: Alex Brown | Arcola Theatre

THE RED HELICOPTER | Director: Alex Brown | Arcola Theatre

AS ASSOCIATE SOUND DESIGNER

THERE IS LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT | Kandinsky/ Manchester Royal Exchange

EDUCATION EDUCATION EDUCATION | Wardrobe Ensemble/ Trafalgar Studios, West End

WE ARE HERE | Director: Steven Hogget | La Mama, New York, USA

FANNY & ALEXANDER | Director: Max Webster | Old Vic

THE LORAX | Director: Max Webster | Royal Alexandra Theatre Toronto, Canada

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS | Headlong/ UK Tour

FROGMAN | Curious Directive/ UK Tour

HOW I HACKED MY WAY INTO SPACE | Unlimited Theatre/ UK Tour

LIFE OF GALILEO | Director: Joe Wright | Young Vic

SEX WITH STRANGERS | Director: Peter Dubios | Hampstead Theatre

INVINCIBLE | Original Theatre Company/ UK Tour

RAISING MARTHA | Director: Michael Fentimen | Park Theatre

DISCO PIGS | Director: Cathal Cleary | UK Tour

FABRIC | Tremers Theatre/ UK Tour

THE DISTANCE | Director: Charlotte Gwinner | Orange Tree Theatre

ORESTEIA | Director: Robert Icke | Almeida Theatre