Former Mounts Bay student, Gareth Owen, has won an Olivier Award at a lavish celebrity packed awards ceremony held at The Royal Opera House in London. The Olivier Awards, named after legendary actor Lawrence Olivier, celebrate the best of British theatre.
35 year old Gareth won his Olivier Award for sound design on the West End production of the musical Merrily We Roll Along. Written by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth it tells the story of Franklin Shepherd who starts out as a song writer and becomes a successful movie producer.
As a sound designer he will have been responsible for creating the shows aural experience including the show’s music and sound effects and the amplification of the live band and cast. It is very important role which adds a lot of the magic to a theatrical experience.
It was third time lucky for Gareth, who has been nominated previously for End of the Rainbow and Top Hat. His parents Ed (who used to teach at Mounts Bay) and Marion, his sister Claire and girlfriend Carmen were there to see his triumph. Gareth’s interest in Drama started during his time at Mounts Bay and he remembers Drama teacher Debbie Rodden fondly.