‘Fun & unforgettable experience’: SEANCE – Vault Festival

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The Vaults, London – until 17 March 2019

Seance is a sensory rather than a theatrical performance. In a small audience, you find yourselves being asked to contact the dead, in 20 minutes and in the blackest darkness with headphones and a table your only prop.

Seance feels more like a fever dream, Darkfield’s production makes you feel and hear. Simultaneously in a crowded room of people trying to contact their loved ones and yet feeling alone as you find your bearings amongst the sound, touch and lack of vision.

It is an intense experience, unseen voices whisper in your ear and after a while your imagination starts creating characters behind the voices (for me, the narrator/medium looked like Stephen Dillane). It creates a tingle down your spine and a loss of control with a belief that your actions have caused this. When it was over there was a sense of relief that I hadn’t embarrassed myself by screaming but also a sense of sadness that it was over, though I think a longer experience may result in long term psychological problems. It is like being in a live horror film and an emotional yet exciting experience.

If you are claustrophobic or have a fear of the dark this experience isn’t for you but as an ASMR fan, interested in the rise of binaural sound design this was a fun and unforgettable experience. At only 20 minutes you can go back time and time again.

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Shanine Salmon was a latecomer to theatre after being seduced by the National Theatre's £5 entry pass tickets and a slight obsession with Alex Jennings. She is sadly no longer eligible for 16-25 theatre tickets but she continues to abuse under 30 offers. There was a market for bringing awareness that London theatre was affordable in an era of £100+ West End tickets – Shanine’s blog, View from the Cheap Seat, launched in April 2016, focuses on productions and theatres that have tickets available for £20 and under. She is also quite opinionated and has views on diversity, pricing, theatre seats and nudity on stage. Her interests include Rocky Horror, gaming, theatre (of course) and she also has her own Etsy shop. Shanine tweets at @Braintree_.
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Shanine Salmon was a latecomer to theatre after being seduced by the National Theatre's £5 entry pass tickets and a slight obsession with Alex Jennings. She is sadly no longer eligible for 16-25 theatre tickets but she continues to abuse under 30 offers. There was a market for bringing awareness that London theatre was affordable in an era of £100+ West End tickets – Shanine’s blog, View from the Cheap Seat, launched in April 2016, focuses on productions and theatres that have tickets available for £20 and under. She is also quite opinionated and has views on diversity, pricing, theatre seats and nudity on stage. Her interests include Rocky Horror, gaming, theatre (of course) and she also has her own Etsy shop. Shanine tweets at @Braintree_.

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