Following a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe, theatre company Living Record is bringing its innovative show Thrown to London’s VAULT Festival next month. The one-woman production, which uses headphones and binaural sound to engulf the audience, plays a short season from 6 to 10 March. Book your tickets now!
Audience members for Thrown put on headphones as they enter the auditorium, so that the words of performer Jill Rutland are transmitted on a personal level to them. Rutland performs with a head-shaped microphone. How she delivers her lines to the microphone dictates how each audience member receives them, creating an intimate surround sound experience.
As the memories of former patients collide violently with her own, a child psychologist attempts to record what she’s spent her whole life trying to forget. Bet as time loosens its grip, and her recording equipment begins to argue back, we hear the inner workings of a mind on the brink of collapse.
Vivid soundscapes and whispered memories combine as the audience try to puzzle together the missing pieces of an almost forgotten life.
Playwright Jodi Gray based Thrown on testimonies collected at storytelling workshops with Age UK community groups. The production is directed by Ross Drury.
Drury, along with Rutland, founded Living Record Productions, which specialises in using binaural sound technology to create stage productions. The technique’s most high profile use, to date, was in Complicite’s staging of The Encounter, starring Simon McBurney. Living Records’ previous shows include After Three Sisters, Echoes and Reunion, which all received four and five star reviews.
Thrown is also one of seven plays chosen by Nick Hern Books for inclusion in its annual Plays From VAULT anthology, which the theatrical publishing company compiles to celebrate the best new writing at the London arts festival. This is the latest accolade for a production that has collected a host for four and five star reviews, being described as a “hypnotic and intimate experience of storytelling… truly compelling” (Edinburgh Fringe Review), “tantalisingly mysterious” (The Scotsman) and “a truly fresh and creative performance” (Fringe Review).
Thrown runs from 6 to 10 March at VAULT Festival, The Vaults, Leake St, Lambeth, London SE1 7NN. Performances are Wednesday to Sunday at 6.15pm with a Saturday matinee at 3pm. Tickets are priced £15. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
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