Dyfan Jones

Composition & Sound Design

 

Dyfan has been Musical Director for new and highly acclaimed productions of musicals such as Spring Awakening and Little Shop of Horrors as well as writing many musicals of his own. His musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations received exceptional reviews following a sold out residency at Theatre Clwyd and a tour of the UK. Mimosa, a new musical at Clwyd Theatr Cymru which, after a Welsh tour and a successful initial run at the Theatre, went on to tour Patagonia in South America.

“Dyfan's creative genius, ability to work quickly, understanding of genre and ability to recognise the need for the simple and the need for the complex make him, in my view, the most outstanding composer working in Wales.  Dyfan has been, and would be, my first choice with any project, both as arranger and composer. His contribution to my work has been immense.“


Tim Baker, Associate Director, Clwyd Theatr Cymru

Reviews for “Great Expectations”


From the misty opening on the Essex marshes to the bittersweet denouement of Dickens' compelling story - it is seamlessly woven together by a tuneful and atmospheric score of music and songs by Dyfan Jones, the production is a truly thrilling theatrical experience.


...this new production of Great Expectations is a truly memorable piece of musical theatre.

Broadway World


(Joe Gargery’s) song of friendship has no trace of false sentimentality; it’s simply what Joe would sing if he was able to express those emotions.

The Stage


... a tight, well-crafted musical play, with a strong cast and memorable songs. Composer Dyfan Jones and Baker have collaborated on some excellent songs, from the yearning opening piece on memories to the scorching Break His Heart, and the amusing Gentleman.

Western Mail




Reviews for “Portrait of the Artist”


...To cap it all there is glorious harmony in the Welsh songs that the cast sing to both link and divide the scenes. This is an utterly enchanting production.


...their singing of hymns and traditional Welsh songs is pure, clear and tremendously moving.


...the most glowering, chameleon cyclorama I’ve ever seen; accompanied by the loving sounds of gentle waves and raindrop piano notes.




Reviews for “Contractions”


...In between each scene there is complete darkness and a mechanical churning sound blasts out on the audience – getting increasingly intense as the play goes on. It’s an unnerving noise that keeps a dark undertone throughout the production, but it still doesn’t prepare you for the sharp change is tone when everything starts to turn sour.


...The play is structured in short individual scenes that are interspersed by Dyfan Jones’ oppressive soundscape of whirring gears, machine cranks and rending metal, which fill the Chapter Stwdio with a creeping sense of dread.


...There are blackouts between each scene when a droning soundtrack by composer Dyfan Jones is pumped around the studio heightening suspense. This together with the repetitiveness at the start of each scene makes you feel as though you are crumbling along with Emma.


...The scene-transitions are soundtracked by psychosis-inducing drones (sound design by Dyfan Jones), quickly establishing that all is not well.

Tim Baker, Associate Director, Clwyd Theatr Cymru

 

He has orchestrated and written music for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Scottish National Orchestra. Dyfan is an associate artist at Clwyd Theatr Cymru and has been Composer, Musical Director or Sound Designer over 70 productions there.


Dyfan worked on Cyrano with Philip Breen at Theatr Clwyd, The Barnbow Canaries and Insignificance with Kate Wasserberg at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Theatr Clwyd respectively and Before I Leave with Matthew Dunster for National Theatre of Wales. He worked on 2 more shows with the world renowned Director Max Stafford Clarke, All That Fall by Samuel Beckett and A View from Islington North at the Arts Theatre in London’s West End. His final show last year was Treasure Island with Philip Breen at the Birmingham Rep.


Other recent Theatrical productions include All My Sons and Insignificance at Theatr Clwyd and Blasted and Play at The Other Room, Directed by Kate Wasserberg along with Silence, directed by Titas Halder. Dyfan is proud to be the Sound Designer for the first 3 seasons at The Other Room, a new theatre in the heart of Cardiff. In 2017 Dyfan designed a site-specific production of Macbeth, directed by Arwel Gruffydd at Caerphilly Castle and Amedee at the Birmingham Rep with Roxana Silbert, followed by Seanmhair and Little Voice with Kate Wasserberg at The Other Room and Theatr Clwyd and Travels with my Aunt with Philip Breen at The Glasgow Citizens. He also Composed and Sound Designed for Chwalfa, the opening show at Pontio in Bangor for Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.

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