Dom Coyote performs and writes music for some of the most exciting theatre companies in the UK. He leads on his own projects, mixing music and theatre in unexpected ways. He is a regular collaborator with Kneehigh Theatre and will be performing in their new show The Tin Drum, in 2017.
Dom started out as a member of the National Youth Theatre, where he formed Hip-Hop group Arkane, releasing two albums, Civility and Handstyles. Dom continued to develop his interest in Hip-Hop at Dartington College Of Arts (2003 – 2006), studying links between free-styling and shamanism – improvisation continues to play a major part in Dom’s work.
In 2006 Dom began working with the internationally acclaimed Kneehigh Theatre, performing in three major shows with the company; Cymbeline (RSC), A Matter of Life and Death (National Theatre) and Don Jon (RSC, BAC). He then wrote the original score to a mini-play, Annabelle Lee, which sat inside Punchdrunk’s legendary site-specific show, Mask of the Red Death, at Battersea Arts Centre.
In 2009 Battersea Arts Centre awarded Dom with the Jim Marcovitch Bursary which allowed him to develop two of his own projects; The Raun Tree (a dystopian fairytale, told through ten songs) and Folk in a Box (a one-on-one music venue). The Raun Tree was commissioned by West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2011 and toured nationally in 2012. Folk in a Box continues to be installed all over the world, with invitations to Venice Bienale and Sydney Festival as particular highlights.
In 2011/12, Dom began an ongoing relationship with South African artists, composing for SA/UK contemporary dance piece, the Impending Storm. In 2013 he was Artist in Residence at the Steve Biko Centre on the Eastern Cape, working with artistic director Mandla Mbotwe and the Abelusi group. Dom continues to work with Mandla, merging songwriting with ritual theatre.
In 2013, Dom became co-musical director of integrated Circus Company, Extraordinary Bodies, along with musical collaborator Ted Barnes (Beth Orton, Shane Meadows). The company toured their debut show, Weighting, in the summer of 2015. Their new work, What Am I Worth, is currently in development and will tour nationally and internationally in 2018.
Dom has built a reputation as a distinctive composer and recording artist in his own right, composing original scores for The Borrowers (Sherman Cymru, 2016), The Storyfishers (National Theatre 2016) RISE (Old Vic 2016), Watership Down (The Watermill, 2016), Kes (Cast Theatre, 2014), Caucasian Chalk Circle (Unicorn Theatre, 2014/15) Night before Christmas (West Yorkshire Playhouse, 2015) and releasing critically acclaimed album Vena Portae, an Anglo/Swedish collaboration between Dom, Emily Barker and Ruben Engzell (published by Domino).
2016 saw Dom premiering his own gig-theatre project, Songs for the End of the World, at London’s Vault festival in February, where it was awarded the Origins award for exceptional work, followed by an autumn run at Battersea arts Centre. Four years in the making, Songs for the End of the World is part gig, part theatre piece. It is set in a dystopian future England, on the eve of the apocalypse – all inspired by mid 20th century pop-culture and science fiction. ‘Songs’ goes out on tour in the spring of 2017. 2017
Dom is represented by United Agents and a full C.V. can be found on their website.