Sound&Fury's Going Dark
Written by Hattie Naylor in collaboration with Sound&Fury
How far can you see? A mile? A hundred miles? Or to the furthest shores of the universe to a far away galaxy? It’s Max’s job to ask the cosmic questions. Passionate about astronomy, he works as the narrator at the city’s Planetarium where he challenges his audiences with the mysteries of stars and science.
When his own life takes an unexpected turn, Max discovers that understanding the universe requires a different kind of vision...
Sound&Fury use their innovative theatre vocabulary of immersive surround sound design, total darkness and imaginative lighting in Going Dark to reawaken our wonder at the cosmos and reveals how one man’s vision becomes illuminated by darkness.
Going Dark is being made with the award winning young designer selected in collaboration with The Linbury Prize for Stage Design in 2009, Aleš Valášek.
We have benefitted hugely from consultation with our scientific advisor in visual hallucinations, Dr Dominic ffytche, Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College, London. This collaboration was made possible thanks to funding from a Wellcome Trust Arts Award.
Going Dark finished the second leg of its UK tour with a sell-out three week run at the Young Vic garnering 4 and 5 star reviews. For more info vist www.fueltheatre.com/projects/going-dark.
“…manages to marry the best aspects of such dazzling text-based plays as Stoppard's Arcadia and Frayn's Copenhagen, which make profound use of science as metaphor, with state-of-the art deployment of theatre-as-atmosphere techniques.”
“In its union of text, light, sound and slowly developing photographic images, the show is a considerable technical feat”
“As so often with Sound & Fury, you leave the theatre’s eloquent darkness with a twinge of reluctance about re-entering the seeing world.”
“The visionaries who are taking a leap in the dark”
Feature: Saturday Review 10/03/2012