Ring is a collaboration between David Rosenberg (Electric Hotel, Shunt) and Glen Neath (The Outgoing Man, and Romcom by Rotozaza), produced by Fuel (Kursk, Black T-shirt Collection).
The show takes place in complete darkness in which the audience, wearing headphones, imagine themselves to be the protagonist in the unfolding narrative. The show uses binaural sound techniques to locate the audience in a particular sound environment, giving the performance an extraordinary, and unique, intimacy and immediacy. David used binaural sound techniques in his previous shows Contains Violence and Electric Hotel. He is interested in using the technology to create an alternative reality. In Ring he extends his previous use of sound by placing the audience in prolonged darkness, moving them to imagine a sensory environment from an auditory stimulant. The sound environment in Ring takes as its starting point the audience in the room as the show begins. Gradually each audience member hears others moving around them, becoming characters in their story. Each audience member hears the same sounds, though the visual pictures they imagine will be different, and it may not be clear to the audience, even after they have left the space and talked to other people, whether their own experience was unique.
The show explores the idea of the audience as protagonist as the listener is cast in the main role within the narrative. It draws upon the suspense and sense of danger invoked by thriller movies and combines this with an immersive theatrical experience.
“Throwing aside all theatre conventions and encouraging you to let your imagination run wild, this piece is disconcerting, unnerving, intense, captivating, extremely clever, intriguing and unique... I cannot recommend it highly enough, this is an absolute must “see.” ***** What’s on Stage
“I haven’t been affected by a show as profoundly in a long time.” Wired
“totally unnerving but completely thrilling… completely unique experience that is truly one of a kind.” A Younger Theatre
“so weirdly interesting that I'd happily repeat it.” Lyn Gardner, Guardian
“spine-chilling” **** The Herald
Over 16s Only. Please note, this performance takes place in complete darkness.
This performance is part of Site I – Safle I, a collaboration with Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Aberystwyth University Dept of Theatre Film and TV Studies with the support of the Institute of Literature, Language and Creative Arts. - See more at: http://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/festivals/site-1-safle-1