Dynamite Island is a group of artists based in London and Manchester. We combine live music with elements of participatory art, theatre, cabaret, radio and more, looking for new ways of telling stories and exploring the places where music, theatre and real life bump up against each other.
We are made up of three core members, Thom Andrewes, Will Gardner and Miriam Sherwood, but we regularly collaborate with other artists.
Dynamite Island was founded in 2018, after almost 10 years working together on music theatre events, cross-genre concerts, and contemporary opera productions under different names.
Thom Andrewes is a composer, performer and writer. He is interested in music as narrative, ritual and theatre, and its relationships to the real and the utopian.
His music theatre works include the vaporwave opera White-Haired Boy, Christmas Yet To Come and MLR, written for the charity Freedom from Torture.
As a music writer and critic, Thom’s work can be found at The Biting Point and The Night Mail. Publications include We Break Strings: The Alternative Classical Scene in London (Hackney Classical Press). He also curates the video–music archive States of Exception.
Will Gardner is a composer and pianist who works across various different genres and practices.
Will began his music career in Berlin, working for composer Jonathan Bepler and artist Matthew Barney on River of Fundament, a groundbreaking operatic film project. It was described as "jaw-dropping cinematic art" (The Hollywood Reporter), and "a fully realised opera in its own right... there's nothing else quite like it." (The Guardian).
Will has also collaborated with Mercury Award winners alt-J & Grammy-nominated producer Jonny Coffer
Will also works as an orchestrator for film and television, and has orchestrated scores for Oceans 8, Sky Atlantic’s Tin Star, and BBC’s Dynasties.
Miriam Sherwood is a theatre-maker and producer who works with oral histories and documentary material to find inventive ways to tell true stories with the people who lived them.
Her work includes Eardrum, a durational performance where she shares embarrassing stories with strangers, The Real Reasons We Drink at the Ranelagh, which told the social history of the 150-year old London pub round the corner from where she grew up, and Rendezvous in Bratislava, a contemporary cabaret about her grandad co-created with Will and Thom.