- Gareth K Vile
- 5 September 2018
A thrill ride that tries to do quantum physics
Darkfield have a container that they plunge into darkness. Inside, they use enhanced recording techniques to deliver an experience, via headphones, that is the theatrical equivalent of a theme-park rollercoaster, all thrills and spills, but with more narrative. Last year, it was a séance: this year, a flight that might be about to crash. And while it delivers plenty of emotional kicks, the attempt to work in a commentary on Schrodinger's paradox fails to convince.
The paradox concerns the possibility of a quantum state that is both alive and dead at the same time, and between the panic of the pilot and crew as the plane appears to be about to crash, the voices throw in comments about this dual state. This is a bold ambition, but any impact is lost within the general drama. Yet the production carries out its basic task precisely: the clatter of a passing drinks trolley, the note of panic in the pilot's voice, the background throb of the plane, all take on an aura of horror, and the darkness becomes an enveloping monstrosity. While Séance was more explicitly supernatural, the fear of failing technology allows for a tighter, more vivid experience, and in itself, the thought of metal falling from the sky contains plenty of material to make Flight a memorable experience.