Reviewer: Emily Hall
Séance has brought binaural sound to the Fringe, expanding the art form and making impressive new strides with a low-cost production promising a new, innovative medium for sound-based performance during the Fringe.
The small production seats only 20 people and lasts only 15 minutes. Bevelled wallpaper, an old table and eerie lighting show incredible attention to detail considering the shipping container goes completely dark within the first few minutes and stays dark through to the end of the show. Two lines of people in red theatre seats, facing each other over a long table down the centre, don headphones and the lights go off.
Whispers, shuffling, it sounds so close you may consider lifting your hands from the table to check if anyone is nearby. Experience a detailed and realistic séance soundscape made all the more terrifying in the unfamiliar, total darkness.
Some audience members leave with looks of shock and awe on their faces. Others are less phased. Binaural audio technology has been around for a long time, and immersing oneself in total darkness for a horror experience is a common practice in the world of podcasting. While for many, this experience felt totally novel, for the experienced podcast connoisseur this was an excursion that could have taken place with a more developed plot, for a longer period of time and without incurring the expense of the ticket in the comfort of their own home.
Séance is nevertheless an important foray into dark soundscapes for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with incredible potential for expansion and development in the coming years.
Runs until 26 August 2017 | Image: Contributed