Performance peice played out in the dark makes a big impression
I can confidently say you have never had a theatre experience like what you'll encounter if you head to the BAC for the debut London performance of Ring.
With the theatre’s own information simply describing this as theatre in pitch black, I confess I had dismissed this as a gimmick – “surely that’s just radio” I think may have been the phrase used – how wrong I was.
After being handed our headphone s and listening to a brief disclaimer from host Michael – ‘that’s not my real name’ the audience was plunged into a perfect darkness.
What followed can only be described as an assault on your other senses which leaves the listener disorientated, confused and by the end of the hour, mentally drained.
Reviews are often prone to hyperbole and exaggeration but it is no overstatement to say this was one of the most intense theatrical experiences I have had. Jealousy, rage, casual violence and the power of the mind to control your reality are all themes explored as you are invited to join a cult-like therapy circle.
The use of binaural sound technology has allowed producers David Rosenberg, Glen Neath and Ben and Max Ringham to create a 3d soundtrack where the audio engulfs the listener and quickly I found myself sucked into this web of half-truths and whispered promises.
To fully engage with the production further elaboration would destroy the power of the play so I will leave my review with a final comment.
The show comes with a 16+ age recommendation and I’d certainly agree this is not for the faint hearted, but if you are interested in exploring the unknown then you cannot do better than allow yourself to join the Ring.
Ring, Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, March 11-28 7.30pm (27+28 9pm) £12 visit www.bac.org.uk