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Séance (Darkfield)

By | Published on Thursday 17 August 2023

I love immersive theatrical experiences, but my high hopes for Séance were sadly dashed. This isn’t a medium or fortune telling show; rather, it’s an attempt to capture the experience of being at a Victorian séance. Crammed like cattle into a shipping container, the audience dons headphones before being plunged into darkness. What follows is twenty minutes of clever sound engineering, as voices whisper, floorboards creak, and sounds swirl around you. There’s no denying the cleverness of the conceit, and there were definitely moments that were atmospheric. Unfortunately if you’re six feet tall the lack of leg-room means you’ll never be immersed, and I spent the whole time squirming to try and avoid dislocating my knee.

Pleasance Dome, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Andy Leask]