David Megarrity


David Megarrity is a writer, composer and performer working across theatre and music. He’s written for and played in bands including Friends of the Iguana and The Goodbye Notes, and is currently playing with Warmwaters and Tyrone and Lesley, who are soon to premiere their new show at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

As a composer his work has included songs soundtracks for theatre, film and television, most recently Metro Arts production of De Profundis. Lecturer in Drama at QUT, his PhD investigated musicalizing theatre and theatricalising music.  He blogs fascinatingly about music in performance at lifeinthelongtail.

Recorded at home and with Brett Collery, Sounds from the Empty City is selected compositions from the stage adaptation of The Empty City, a picture book written by David and illustrated by Jonathon Oxlade. David’s script for the performance was a finalist in the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award.

Composer website:  lifeinthelongtail.wordpress.com

Featured Works

Sounds from the Empty City, for ukulele, with 12-string guitar, piano and double bass.
In five tracks: ‘Pavement,’ ‘Lost Property,’ ‘Showing Pluck,’ ‘Shoelaces and Yo-Yo,’ ‘The Busy City.’

These pieces form part of a larger selection which was incorporated into the live and animated (and completely non-verbal) theatre work The Empty City (Brisbane Powerhouse/Metro Arts 2013). Composed and played on ukuleles with treated piano, and other acoustic instruments, augmented with samples: everything from meditative electronica to joyful acoustica. The performance was an adaptation of a picture book by David Megarrity and Jonathon Oxlade, and the adaptation was a finalist in the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award.

Featured in Experimental Waves – May 2016 (1/05/2016)