Presented by Realscape Productions in Association with Darkfield
Reviewed 23 February 2018
Thrills and chills abound in just 20 minutes of nerve-wracking adventure. Glen Neath and David Rosenberg have created an experience that will linger in the memory of most and delight anyone already familiar with the joy of audio drama.
In a darkened shipping container – thankfully air conditioned – not a sliver of light can enter. Two rows of audience sit either side of a long table wearing headphones. The binaural story that unfolds is sharp, believable and creepy, aided by technology that makes the action feel real. Whispers, sounds, creaks and footsteps move around the edgy audience, with many more surprises in store. Twenty minutes may not sound long, but it can seem like an eternity when your nerves are so close to the edge.
Nothing can entertain us more than our own imagination because only we know what thrills, amuses, scares or romances us the most. Our own brain knows exactly what our triggers are. That is the power of audio, when the visual interpretation of someone else is removed. Our brains bring the story to life in the most impactful way.
Séance is spooky but safe and the relief is almost palpable when the lights come back on. The experience is not recommended for those who are claustrophobic, pregnant, suffer heart and back conditions, or are under the age of 14. It is however, recommended for Fringe dwellers looking for something fun and unique this festival.
To call up these spirits, first you need to call up your courage.
Reviewed by Rod Lewis
Rating out of 5: 4
Venue: Séance, Garden of Unearthly Delights
Season: Until 19 March 2018
Duration: 20 minutes