John Gibson has been composing original music for New Zealand theatre, film, dance and television since 1980. During that time he has composed over 100 scores and sound designs for theatre. In 2008 he received a Qantas Film and Television award for his score for Vincent Ward's film Rain Of The Children. In 2013 he composed an eight speaker sound design for 360: A Theatre Of Recollections and has performed in Edinburgh in a comedy he wrote and directed called Gordon Six Pence He Is Music.
Previous works for Auckland Theatre Company include The Good Soul of Szechuan, Fallen Angels, Awatea, A Midsummer Night's Dream, In The Next Room (Or The Vibrator Play), On The Upside Down Of The World, Poor Boy, The Wasteland, Calendar Girls, Horseplay, Oliver!, The Pohutukawa Tree, The Wife Who Spoke Japanese In Her Sleep, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Who Needs Sleep Anyway?, Where We Once Belonged, The Blonde The Brunette And The Vengeful Redhead, Equus, The Duchess Of Malfi, and the arrangements and musical direction of Sweet Charity and Chicago.
John has composed many pieces for many people in film, theatre, television and dance but has been blessed to have worked with three long term collaborators: Colin McColl, Michael Hurst and Shona McCullagh.
Works that have related to Greece apart from Lysistrata are The Trojan Women in 1986, The House of Atreus in 1990 for Michael Hurst, Seven Snatches Of Bliss And A Big Woman in 1991 and Dancing Ground (Choristasi) 1992 for Shona McCullagh.
The Life of Galileo. The Master Builder. The Cherry Orchard. Nell Gwynn. Last Legs. Billy Elliot the Musical. Lysistrata. The Lady Killers. A Dolls House. Fallen Angels. The Good Soul of Szechuan. Chicago. Awatea. In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play). A Midsummer Night's Dream. On The Upside Down Of The World. Poor Boy. Calendar Girls. Horseplay. The Pohutukawa Tree. The Wife Who Spoke Japanese in Her Sleep. Oliver!. Where We Once Belonged. Who Needs Sleep Anyway?. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The Crucible. The Blonde, The Brunette and The Vengeful Redhead. Sweet Charity. The Duchess of Malfi. Equus. Disgrace. Travels With My Aunt. Lovelock's Dream Run.