.... beautiful and unexpected stories
- About Us [+]Rockethouse is a small production company that makes radio, film and other delights. The company was founded by Matt Thompson and takes its name from the old building on the Scottish coast where he works. Below is the view from the office of the Bass Rock.
- News... [+]May 2016The Jungle Book an audiobook directed by Cherry Cookson for Amazon/Audible has won a prestigious prize in the USA. I did the sound design for it. http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/audies/?category=&winners=trueMay 2016Two lovely radio programmes made by Frances Byrnes at The Rockethouse have gone out recently on Radio 4.
The Sprung Floor
Dancer and choreographer Dane Hurst has bought a former Rambert Company vinyl dance floor to take back to his home in South Africa, for under-privileged children to dance on.
An Excellent Dumb Discourse: Shakespeare in Silence
Isn't silent Shakespeare an oxymoron? All that's nuanced, beautiful, meaningful in the poetry - silenced. Yet between 1899 and 1927, when the first commercial sound film was released, nearly three hundred Shakespeare films were made. Presented by Professor Judith Buchanan. Produced by Frances Byrnes
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0773ld6March 2016Our first film 'No Hot Ashes' has been accepted for the Nashville Film Festival. https://nashvillefilmfestival.org/February 2016
Les Liaisons Dangereues. The Donmar Warehouse Production now downloadable as an audio play made possible by Audible Originals and Wireless Theatre. Rockethouse edited, designed sound and mastered the audio. We kept it minimal. Starring Dominic West, Janet McTeer and the original cast. You can get a copy for free HERE.January 2016
Film 2 in post production
Sinister starring Thom Tuck and Ishbel McFarlane is now being edited by Sue Moles. It will be less than 15' long and in B&W. Camera is Leo Bruges. 1st AD Sandy Harris. Sound Paul Chan. More credits and details to come.January 2016
'An Excellent Dumb Discourse’: Shakespeare in Silence - BBC Radio 4 - Frances Byrnes in production with presenter Professor Judith Buchanan, University of York. 300 Shakespeare films were made in the silent era! Why? Isn't Shakespeare's power in his blank verse and big ideas? TX 17 April 2016
2015 - 2013
The Jungle Book - Audible/Amazon - Sound design for Cherry Cookson directed production by Wireless Theatre Company.
A Cold War dance - World Service andRadio 4 30 July 2015 - Martha Graham’s dance company made a propaganda tour of SE Asia at the height of the Vietnam war in 1974. Presented and produced by Frances Byrnes
The Scrapbook: Memoirs of a Forensic Investigator -‘Between The Ears’ about a retied US Forensic Investigator Jack Sturiano - TX 30 May 2015 Radio 3 21.30
Skylarking and Portable Heroes of a Thousand Nights shortlisted for Prix Maurlic 2015
‘Dialling Amok’ by Sebastian Fitzek - Post production for a Cherry Cookson directed (Wireless Theatre) Audible audiobook.
Every BBC Radio 4 and World Service documentary produced by The Rockethouse in the last 15 months has been selected for BBC Radio 4's Pick of the Week.
Snow White and the Seven Signs of Ageing Radio 4 13 March 2015 About the Evil Queen and alternative ways to deal with ageing. Cathy FitzGerald presents/produces.
Woods Beyond a Cornfield Radio 4 23 Nov 2014 About a girl who goes missing. Poem by Stanley Cook. Frances Byrnes production.
Night Fishing Radio 4 02 Nov 2014 About the poet Tom Rawling and how he fished at night for sea trout. With Grevel Lindop and Finlay Wilson.
Paul is Dead Radio 4 14 Oct 2014 About the rumour that Paul McCartney had been killed in a car accident and replaced by an impostor.
How to Dig a Grave Radio 4 08 Oct 2014 About how to dig a grave. Cathy FitzGerald as presenter and producer.
Skylarking Radio 3 05 July 2014 About day dreaming of the sky when you are in it or looking at it. Cathy FitzGerald as presenter and producer. Music by Joe Acheson. Nominated for Prix Europa 2014.
Radio 3 Between the Ears about a retired US forensic investigator is in production.
No Hot Ashes - short film now in post production. Cinematography by Holger Mohaupt. Madeline Brolly and Sandy Grierson star.
Strawberry and Vanilla - sound mastering for film documentary about an ice cream seller. Co-directed by Tracey Fearnehough and Holger Mohaupt.
Semi - Recent
British Library Enduring War exhibition - sound design. (5.1 surround installation)
North Berwick Coastal Communities Museum - sound design
Immigrant cabbies in NYC for BBC World Service. Excellent reviews. Can be heard here: Yellow Cab Blues
Two intervals for BBC Radio 3. Stalking The Hun and Gramophones on the Front.
A Profile of Norwegian writer Per Petterson recorded in Oslo for a 45' Radio 3 with presenter David Szalay.
The First Action Movie with Penny Woolcock and produced by Frances Byrnes. The first ever action movie may well have been made in Sheffield in 1903.
Heart and Soul - A Place To Dwell BBC World Service Tx's 28/12/13 with Cathy FitzGerald. A Sikh Doctor in Harlem is attacked and forgives.
Sound restoration on BBC The Lost Tapes of Orson Welles. John Sugar production.
Nov 2013 Radio Productions Awards Indie of Year and Sound Designer nominations.
Oct 2013 Third Coast Award (Honourable mention) for No Greater Love.
Oct 2013 Prix Europa, Berlin Documentary 5th prize White Stiletto Dreams.
BBC Radio 4. Noise - A Human History - 30 parts - Written and presented by Professor David Hendy.
Complete series now available via
(NB AudioGo has closed)
No Greater Love wins prize at Prix Maurilic 2013. Listen here.
Staying Bright - BBC Radio 3 tx's 21/04/2013 A history of Stainless Steel presented by poet Simon Armitage. Produced by Frances Byrnes
- A Scrapbook [+]
…. of images and quotes which I found inspiring.
Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago. - Bernard Berenson
My movie is born first in my head, dies on paper; is resuscitated by the living persons and real objects I use, which are killed on film but, placed in a certain order and projected on to a screen, come to life again like flowers in water. - Robert Bresson
1930's photo of a Japanese street storyteller.