KlangHaus: Darkroom - climate change wake-up call for Edinburgh Fringe

A climate change wake-up call for an audience of one staged in complete darkness. Newly adapted from the show originally seen at Cop26, Glasgow

KlangHaus: Darkroom - climate change wake-up call for Edinburgh Fringe

About this event

Starts: Friday 4 August 2023 12:00 PM

Ends: Sunday 27 August 2023 2:00 PM

At: Summerhall, Eddinburgh, EH9 1PL

Originally conceived working with climate themes in collaboration with the Scottish community of climate experts at The Barn, Aberdeenshire and scientists at University of East Anglia’s Tyndall Centre, KlangHaus: Darkroom was originally presented at Glasgow’s COP26 International Climate Change Conference. Now the 20-minute show for just one audience member at a time, held in complete darkness, has been rewritten for the Fringe. There will be shows every 30 mins at Summerhall's Lower Church Basement from 12 noon – 14:00.

This is an intense, profoundly emotional and affecting climate-chaos wake-up call, sound and senses virtual reality for the ears. A space to think and reflect from the creators of KlangHaus. 

Being alone in the dark invites you to imagine being alone with a complete climate breakdown, brings home the power of nature, the powerlessness of a single human in the absence of society. Humans need society' (Catherine Rowett, former Green MEP and Professor of Philosophy, UEA)

The Neutrinos’ Karen Reilly added ‘With Darkroom we are using our skills as artists to get people thinking, talking and moving towards a change in the way we live’. Darkroom feels like an important show for us.’

Klanghaus are art-rock maverick’s The Neutrinos (Karen Reilly vocals, Jon Baker bass and vocals, Mark Howe guitars and vocals, Jeron Gundersen, drums and percussion) and visual artist and filmmaker Sal Pittman. https://klanghaus.co/ 

A few years back the original KlangHaus created a sensation in Summerhall’s Small Animal Hospital, ripping up the rule book of gig-going to creat a totally unique, site responsive experience. Barriers between performers and audience were dissolved and dismantled in an audio/visual sensual storm.

It went on to sell out two month long runs in a previously unused space in London’s Royal Festival Hall as well as adaptations in a former furniture depositary, a vast unused bus depot and a historical horse hospital. The Guardian’s Arts Editor Alex Needham described it as ‘The most innovative presentation of live music I’ve ever seen, a total game changer’.

★★★★★ ‘a blast of aural and visual magic, a joy-inducing original’ Donald Hutera, Times (on KlangHaus)

★★★★ ‘the walls of the space and the music are genuinely in dialogue with each other’ Lyn Gardner, Guardian (on KlangHaus)

KlangHaus: Darkroom can be seen at Lower Church Basement, Summerhall., Edinburgh 3 - 27 August at 12:00, 12.30, 13.00, 13.30, 14.00 and lasts for 20 minutes


The collective also perform KlangHaus: InHaus at Summerhall. An intimate deconstruction of the live music experience in a domestic setting it can be seen at 17.00, 19.00 and 21.00 4-27 Aug (not 7, 14, 21). See separate release.

With multiple performances of both shows, KlangHaus will perform at least 170 shows and potentially up to 212 this August.


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