Flight and Coma by Darkfield
Immersive-theatre production company Darkfield from the UK and Australian counterpart Realscape Productions are bringing two of its most frightening sensory-deprivation experiences back to Perth for a limited time.
Flight takes place in complete darkness and inside a shipping container. But this time the creators tap into a universal fear: being 30,000 feet above ground and powerless.
For the audience, that fear is amplified by sensory deprivation (the cabin is plunged into total darkness) and binaural sound recordings (3D audio transmitted directly to each audience member). Throughout the flight unnerving creaks, whispers, sounds of children crying and phones ringing play out on the periphery. With the absence of visuals these sounds take on lives of their own, and audience members are never sure of what they’re experiencing for real.
It's a similar experience for Coma, but with a different set-up. Wary punters enter a pitch-black container, where darkness leads the mind to confusion, and even persuasion.
Audience members are given their own bunk beds and asked to consume a small pill. The lights go out and the next half-hour makes clever use of the other senses – sound, smell and taste – to stretch the mind and allow the group to fall into a dream state together. This is where reality begins to bend, as sounds and spoken word come through the headphones, smells drift by, and the air moves (or does it?).
Each show runs for 30 minutes, at various times from Tuesday to Sunday.
Additional reporting by Ellen Morgan and Elizabeth Flux