Kursk photograph by Keith Pattison
About us

Mark Espiner

Mark Espiner is a theatre director and freelance writer. He has contributed to the Sunday Times, Independent, BBC Radio 3, the Guardian and the Financial Times on music and the arts. As co-artistic director of Sound&Fury, the theatre company he co-founded with Dan Jones and Tom Espiner, he has directed Christopher Logue’s War Music and The Watery Part of the World, a piece based on Herman Melville’s Moby
Dick; Ether Frolics – an exploration of the history and contemporary practice of anaesthesia which was made in collaboration with artists from the Shunt Collective (Shunt Vaults and Edinburgh Fringe); Names of the Dead, a staged
musical war memorial to the dead of the Iraq war, created collaboratively with artist Mark Anstee, composer Stephen McNeff and the Duke Quartet (BAC); and Kursk (both 2009, 2010 UK tour and Sydney Opera House in 2011). He lives in Berlin.

Tom Espiner

Tom Espiner studied Drama at Birmingham University and trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Since leaving theatre school in 1999 his acting credits include : Peggy For You (Hampstead Theatre & West End), Twelfth Night, The Winter’s Tale & Macbeth (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory and Barbican Pit), Anything Goes & Love’s Labours Lost (National Theatre), The Firework-Maker’s Daughter (Told By An Idiot / Lyric Hammersmith), Jason and the Argonauts (BAC), George and the Dragon (Warwick Arts Centre), Yikes! (Unicorn Theatre).

For Sound&Fury : War Music, The Watery Part of the World, Ether frolics.
TV & Film  :  Anybody’s Nightmare (Carlton), The Jewish Revolt (BBC), Stoned (Scala Films)

Tom has also worked as a Foley artist since 1996 providing sound effects for numerous Natural History films, animation films as well as TV and radio dramas

Dan Jones

Dan Jones has developed a career bringing together music, sound and drama as director, composer and sound designer. He read music at Oxford and studied composition at the
Centro Ricerche Musicali, Rome. He recently received BAFTA and Ivor Novello Awards for his score for Any Human Heart. Other music includes scores for the Oscar nominated films
The Tonto Woman and Shadow of the Vampire as well as David Attenborough’s The Life of Mammals. Orchestral arrangements include work for Alpha, Jarvis Cocker and Massive Attack and music and sound for theatre includes commissions for the RSC, National Theatre, the Donmar and Almeida, including The City Madam, Through a Glass Darkly and The Kitchen (National Theatre), Ivan and the Dogs (Soho) which received an Olivier nomination and is now in rep at the Rustavelli Theatre in Georgia, and Tim Crouch’s award-winning England. His sound installations include Music for Seven Ice Cream Vans co-commissioned by LIFT and the Sydney Festival, and Sky Orchestra (with Luke Jerram) which creates a giant surround sound music system over cities touring internationally and launching the Sydney Festival 2007. As a theatre director he trained at the Banff Centre for the Arts and co-founded Sound&Fury for whom he has codirected and sound designed War Music, Ether Frolics and Going Dark. Kursk won a special Jury prize for sound design at this year’s Prague Quadrennial.


Fuel produces fresh work for adventurous people by inspiring artists. Founded in 2004 and led by Louise Blackwell and Kate McGrath, Fuel is a producing organisation working in partnership with some of the most exciting theatre artists
in the UK to develop, create and present new work for all.
Fuel is currently producing projects with Will Adamsdale, Clod Ensemble, Inua Ellams, Fevered Sleep, David Rosenberg, Sound&Fury, Uninvited Guests and Melanie Wilson. Fuel
runs a rolling internship scheme. Our current production intern is Carol Ellis from the University of Surrey. For further information on Fuel, their artists, their team and internships, please visit www.fueltheatre.com or call 020 7228 6688.



Ether Frolics photo by Sheila Burnett. Kursk photo by Keith Pattison.