Fiction (2 stars)

This article is from 2015


Impressive binaural soundscape doesn't compensate for non-sensical story

When it says it takes place in complete darkness, Fiction's not kidding around. Once the show starts, it's hard to tell the difference between having your eyes closed and open, so pitch black is the room around you.

But that's all part of its shtick, of course. Fiction – presented by acclaimed theatre company Fuel – is a journey into a dreamscape. There's no visuals or live performance, only vivid sound. Each audience member is given a set of headphones with a number, that correlates to the seat you're instructed to sit in (so, if you arrive in a group, expect to get split up).

The soundscape that follows uses binaural technology. Forget stereo or surround: binaural is hyper-realistic 3D sound, and sometimes it's hard to believe that the voices and noises coming through the headphones aren't actually happening around you.

And although it is absorbing, it's also the most interesting thing about this show. Creators David Rosenberg and Glen Neath certainly know how to sculpt an immersive, dreamy atmosphere but the loose storyline is as rambling and non-sensical as you'd expect an actual dream to be. Perhaps that's deliberate – but, after the first 15 minutes, it does put the audience at risk of slipping into a real slumber, and not just a fictional one.

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 30 Aug (not 17, 24), noon, £11.50–£13.50 (£10.50–£12.50).


  • 2 stars

Fiction Surreal and immersive audio experience in complete darkness creating a unique theatrical experience Conceived by David Rosenberg and Glen Neath Written by Glen Neath Directed by David Rosenberg Music and sound by Ben and Max Ringham Produced by Fuel Fiction is a surreal and immersive audio experience in complete…