Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Shedding Some Light on a Dark New Theatre Production

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Shedding Some Light on a Dark New Theatre Production

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A PLAY called Blackout is just what the name suggests, with blindfolded audiences of up to 12 people unable to see a thing.

"But it's not about being able to see," says Rachel Briscoe, creative director of theatre company fanSHEN.

"It's more about the things you notice when you can't see - the way your senses heighten and time does funny things."

Blackout, she hopes, will be "a space for reflection. People often think immersive theatre has to be lots of running around but this isn't like that."

The play is one highlight of Live Theatre's annual Live Lab Elevator festival designed to showcase the best new theatre from the North East and beyond.

The festival opens at the Newcastle Quayside venue today at 7.30pm with a discussion about writing political theatre hosted by Gez Casey, Live's literary manager.

Elevator runs until Saturday when there will be performances of Blackout at 4pm and 6pm.

After taking part in last year's festival and winning the annual Live Lab Bursary, fanSHEN have now settled in the North East. …

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