If you missed your chance to be locked in a shipping container for twenty, terrifying minutes, with a bunch of strangers sitting next to you and strange spirits circling above, Séance does not disappoint.
Before Glen Neath and David Rosenberg's hit from company Darkfield transferred to London's VAULT Festival, after receiving spooktacular reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe, I had not previously made contact with the spirit realm. I must admit, I was shaking nervously underneath my excited smile. But of course, as expected at the VAULT, my fellow festival-goers were equally giddy with mixed emotions.
Inside the container (our walk-in spirit cabinet for the performance), we entered and took our seats at a long glossy table. The set is Victorian in style, with low lights dressing the scene. Séance is not a play in the conventional sense, but an immersive seance experience.
The show was deliciously eerie, with extraordinary binaural sounds which infiltrate your hearing via headphones. The presence of the spirits becomes so real that participants are forced to determine what is truly real and what is falsified. At times, you can almost feel them sitting right next to you. I was convinced that our 'host spirit' was in the room; on reflection, I am still trying to establish what happened.
Séance is an incomparable experience and one you will never forget. With regular shows on until the end of the festival in March, I highly recommend having yourself locked in that room. Of course, you can take your headphones off if you do feel uncomfortable.
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