HOWARD BARKER DOUBLE BILL
I worked as sound designer on REND Production’s double bill of Howard Barker plays presented at the Arcola Theatre, London in 2015.
The Twelfth Battle of Isonzo explores the relationship between a 17 year old bride and her 100 year old groom, both of whom are blind. Director Robyn Winfield-Smith took the bold decision to stage this piece almost entirely in complete darkness with only glimpses of Tenna, the female character, seen in a few select moments. The play was recorded binaurally in the natural acoustics of Compton Verney Chapel and played to the audience via wireless headphones. This gave people the experience of impaired vision while placing them in the space with the characters with full spatial ‘360º’ sound.
Judith: A Parting From The Body is based on the biblical story of a despotic Assyrian general Holofernes who is seduced then beheaded by Judith, a Jew, in order to save Israel. The sound design for this piece was more conventional with some contextual ambiences and incidental material.
The two plays were presented as a double bill at the Arcola Theatre 25 November – 15 December 2015.