Our Brighton Bites series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at England’s largest arts festival. Ian Harvey Stonetells us about his show,The Devil Without, which they will be performing at Sweet St. Andrews In Hove.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
A re-imagining of the Faust story like nothing you’ve experienced before.
Is this your first visit toBrighton Fringe, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?
No, we were here last year and really stoked to be back in the atmospheric St. Andrew’s Church.
How has the show developed on the way toBrighton?
The show has toured, played the London Horror Festival and has evolved into an arresting hybrid of magic and theatre.
How have you been preparing forBrighton Fringe?
Originally, there was a three-month R&D followed by an Edinburgh run, which licked the show into shape and I brought in a director to smooth the edges!
What do you think sets your show apart from all the otherfestivalofferings?
There’s so much!
Aside from the fact that we use audience participation throughout the show, we are the only show that uses infrasound, playing sound so low that you can feel it but not hear it through our Helmholtz Resonator ‘Hellboy’ custom-built by Brighton based sound designer Jake Purches of Vivid Audio. It’s really quite unsettling to experience it, 16hz is known as the ‘Fear Note’. As an interactive and immersive piece we also utilise suggestion, binaural beats to make your brain enter a ‘theta’ state more akin to dreaming and there’s an amazing final moment where a genuine member of the audience exhibits signs of demonic possession. There is so much in this show threaded through a cracking story about greed and where it can get you. If you like comics, magic, hypnosis, fringe phenomena, amazing tech, audience participation, dark storytelling, geeking out and freaking out, then there’s something for you!
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’sBrighton Fringe(apart from your own!)?
There’s too many! I think it’d be a toss-up between The Bookbinder and Helen.
If your show was aflavour of Brighton Rock, what would it be?
A flavour you’d sell your soul for.
The Devil Withouttakes place at The Brighton Fringe 27-29, 31 May &1,3-5 June 2016
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