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Séance

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Presented by D A R K F I E L D


By Glen Neath and David Rosenberg


Produced by Andrea Salazar


We will not prey upon the paranoid, the bereaved, the credulous, the wide-eyed, the weak or the inbred... in return we ask you proceed with an open-mind

Séance is an entertainment only and we cannot hold the medium responsible for the outcome


Séance is the third collaboration between David Rosenberg and Glen Neath, the creators of Ring and Fiction. Sited in a shipping container, Séance is a 15 minute presentation in complete darkness


‘The most important thing in this world is the destruction of superstition. Superstition interferes with the happiness of mankind. Superstition is a terrible serpent, reaching in frightful coils from heaven to earth and thrusting its poisoned fangs into the hearts of men. While I live, I am going to do what little I can for the destruction of this monster’ - Robert Green Ingersoll (1886)


Upcoming shows:

Warwick Castle, 21-31 October 20167 warwickcastle.com

Jubilee Square, Brighton, 27-29 October 2017 brightondome.org


Previous performances:

Latitude Festival, Henham Park, Southwold, Sussex, 14-17 July 2016 latitudefestival.com

The Future Laboratory Global Futures Forum, Shoreditch Town Hall, 12 October 2016 globalfuturesforum

Birmingham REP Centenary Square, 18-29 October 2016 birmingham-rep.co.uk

Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2-26 August 2017 summerhall.co.uk


  Cast: Tom Lyall

   Thanks to: Isobel Algar, Taragh Bissett, Alexandra Donnachie, Sigrun Gudmundsdottir, Dani Jacobs, Stanley Lin, Lydia O’Sullivan, Helen Paszyn, Emily Walters,   

  Aidan Yorath


Derelict Festival, Preston Flag Market, 11-16 April 2016 derelictlive.org


  Cast: Angela Clerkin and David Rosenberg

   Thanks to: Phoebe Hitt, Ewa Owsiak, Georgina Thomas


Click here for trailer by Susanne Dietz

Photo by Fiona Blythhttps://vimeo.com/susannedietz


Click here for WIRED article ‘You can watch this play in the dark - just don’t forget to wear headphones’


Click here for ‘Into the darkness: an interview with Glen Neath’ by Edwina McEachran


Reviews:

Séance is Rosenberg and Neath’s best collaboration to date, a creepy and manipulative miniature which unsettles and makes you question not just your senses but what you actually believe’- Lyn Gardner, The Guardian 4**** (Latitude) - Full review here


’It was brilliant, mischievous audio trickery’ - Harriet Fitch Little, Financial Times (Latitude) - Full review here


‘Seance felt perfectly contained and completely absorbing, spine-tingling’ - Lauren Mooney, The Stage 4****  (Latitude) - Full review here


‘Fortunately, it has a slew of performances every day, otherwise people would be climbing over each other trying to bag tickets’ - Rory Ford, The Scotsman 4*** (Edinburgh) - Full review here


‘The experience created is so intense, immediate and startling that it's really quite overwhelming’ - Tamarin Fountain, Fringe Guru 4****  (Edinburgh) - Full review here


‘Imagine all the terror and trepidation surrounding horror films, following sympathetic characters we know are due an undeservingly gruesome fate. Now double, triple, quadruple it, and you’ll be somewhere close to the effect of Séance’ - Katy Minko, The Student Newspaper 5***** (Edinburgh) - Full review here


‘Stupendously sinister, suspenseful immersive theatre’ - Claire Wood, The Wee Review 4**** (Edinburgh) - Full review here


#SeanceSummerhall is a gripping sonic encounter, accomplishing in 15 mins what many productions struggle to do in 1hr. Utter immersion’ - Fringe Biscuit 4**** (Edinburgh)


It is hair-raising, chilling, freaky, and quite different from anything else you’ll see’ - Robbie Armstrong, The Skinny 4**** (Edinburgh) - Full review here


‘This all feels like it’s been done before’ - Chris McCormack, Exeunt Magazine (Edinburgh) - Full review here


‘A spine-tinglingly sensory Halloween treat’ - Heather Kincaid, Whats On Live 4**** (Birmingham) - Full review here


Neath and Rosenberg carve a space where we are left to reflect on our own tendency towards superstition. By depriving us of our bearing and control, one’s ability to rationalise rapidly deteriorates; within minutes, you’re in an almost pagan state of anxiety. Séance demonstrates a virtuosic ability to disorientate and freak out’ - Sean Gilbert, Theatre Full Stop (Latitude) - Full review here


‘I love to be spooked, and this is spooky done right’- Will Amott, Stage Talk 4**** (Birmingham) - Full review here 


‘A fully immersive audio experience that takes place in complete darkness, Séance was wonderfully inventive, clever and above all deliciously eerie fun’ - Hannah Marsh, A Younger Theatre (Latitude) - Full review here


‘Glen Neath and David Rosenberg are pioneers of binaural sound art, and it works a spooky treat here’ - Holly Williams, WhatsOnStage - (Latitude) - Full review here


‘Séance is an unnerving experience. It’s spine-tingling, shiver-inducing, hair-stand-on-end stuff’ - Hannah Brierley, Redbrick (Birmingham) - Full review here 


‘Fancy being locked up in a shipping container for 15 minutes and having your very sanity and sense of perception undermined?’ - Giles Logan, Birmingham Wire (Birmingham) - Full review here 


‘This has to be the most immersive and genuinely terrifying productions we have ever visited’ - Scare Tour UK (Birmingham) - Full review here


‘I love the paranormal as a theme, but it’s extremely hard to get it right … Séance, however, did not have that problem’ - Scarefix and Thrill (Birmingham) - Full review here


‘Anticipation of being surprised creates the atmosphere and suspense and cleverly staged audiovisual used to create a sense of a larger scene in the small set provides the rest’ - Nicole Evans, Reviews Hub (Latitude) - Full review here


‘Still, I’m not sure the storyli- SOMEONE HAS STARTED TALKING LIKE A BEAST FROM THE DEPTHS OF HELL AND IT’S SO DARK IN HERE AND I KNOW IT’S AN ACTOR BUT THIS IS HORRIBLE I’M SCARED I’M SCARED AND I WANT IT TO STOP NOW PLEEEEEEEEEASE ah phew hmmm cough wow’ - Maddy Costa, Exeunt (Preston) - Full review here


Audience response on Twitter


#SeanceSummerhall wow.  Just wow


#SeanceSummerhall yesterday at #edfringe is a MUST. The most intelligent and terrifying piece of theatre I've ever seen. @darkfield_org


Won't forget #SeanceSummerhall anytime soon. Exquisitely designed, terrifyingly executed. Well worth the coin.


Visibly shaking, hysterically laughing after #SeanceSummerhall - closing your eyes is futile. Amazing job on terrifying me @darkfield_org


#SeanceSummerhall This is the most intense , creepy , freaky 20mins of my life . End with big blast and I almost pissed myself ! Brilliant!


Seance was a fun rush! Goosebumps, heavy heartbeat and some relieved giggles at the end @darkfield_org #edfringe @Summerhallery    


Best thing I've experienced at #edfringe2017 is Seance at Summerhall by @darkfield_org. Go. https://edinburghfestival.list.co.uk/event/826414-seance/ …


Séance was one of the most intelligent, intense and terrifying things I have ever experienced. Hats off to @darkfield_org #SeanceSummerhall


Go see the stunning #Seancesummerhall by @darkfield_org. Read nothing about it. Just go. #EdFringe17 #theatre – at Summerhall


#Seance at @Summerhallery absolutely terrifying....and absolutely brilliant! Even better than #Fiction Take deep breaths and GO!



Commissioned by Latitude Festival & Derelict

Funded by Arts Council England