It’s 2020… yes still… a year where insanity knows no bounds – Covid-19, 5G conspiracies, and Murder Hornets… a year when blockbuster movies are being released directly to streaming services and theatre shows are being forced to cancel due to social distancing rules. It’s grim. Thankfully, a new form of theatre has emerged to delight Kiwi audiences – and you don’t need to leave your couch to enjoy it (well, you don’t need to go very far from it at least).

Realscape Productions and Darkfield, the team behind the multisensory experiences ‘Séance’, ‘Flight’ (which have sold-out everywhere they’ve played) have launched a new digital project ‘DARKFIELD RADIO‘ – a series of immersive, and engrossing, audio experiences that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home.

The first of these shows, Double, plays with that notion of comfort, and your mind in the process, transforming your house into a stage through the use of 360-degree binaural sound and sensory deprivation.

“This is supposed to be a controlled space, a safe space,” says Christopher Brett Bailey at the start of Double, refereeing to the kitchen that the show takes place – your kitchen in fact. It didn’t feel like one after the 20-minute show ended.

Sitting at your kitchen table, headphones on and eyes closed as instructed, you and a mate are treated to an intense 20-minute mind-fuck that gets under your skin and transports you to an alternate world where things (and people) aren’t quite as they seem.

Double takes its inspiration from Capgras delusion – a medical condition in which the sufferer is convinced that a loved one has been replaced by an exact replica with malign intentions. It’s a clever framing device that is aided by superb audio design – everything in Double sounds real. Disconcertingly so.

I don’t want to give anything more about the show away – it truly is something that you need to experience for yourself. What I can tell you is that Double left me impressed, uneased, and questioning everything I knew about my show partner – in my case my fiancé. If this is the future of theatre – then I’m in! I can’t wait for the next episode!

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Where: At your own home, specifically your kitchen table.

When: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays in September. Make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

What you need: A smartphone, the Darkfield Radio App, headphones, the internet, and a glass of water. 

Cost: $10 per person, and it’s best done in pairs. Book here.

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Liz Lauder
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