THE FEAR OF FEAR
The Fear of Fear is a piece of new writing by theatre maker Stephanie Ridings. It was commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre, supported by Arts Council England and The Sir Barry Jackson Trust. I composed some music and created the sound design for the show.
A mysterious figure haunts an untamed Scottish island. No one is immune to the heightened campaign of fear and terror she pours onto those who cross her path. But what does that fear actually feel like and how did wanting to create a scary ghost story mean I ended up 60 meters underground in a watery cave?
The Fear of Fear wrestles with the emotion to try and understand what makes us afraid and why it doesn’t always have to be a bad thing.
In researching this show, writer and performer Stephanie Ridings undertook a number of fear inducing tasks including caving, a zip wire ride and attending a seance. The work is a response to her investigations into fear and follows an episodic structure where Ridings recounts two parallel stories, the caving experience and a visit to Barnhill on the isle of Jura to write the script.
The sound design helps to create the two worlds with authentic cave sounds recorded during the caving experience and a subtle naturalistic soundscape of Barnhill cottage and surrounds. Both worlds are heightened with abstract design elements that reference horror/thriller movie soundtracks and the fantastical imagery of some scenes.
The Fear of Fear premiered at Warwick Arts Centre Studio, 3rd & 4th October 2018.