We're taking Thrown to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer. Written by award-winning playwright, Jodi Gray, and told through binaural sound technology and a solo performer, Thrown is a sensory and cinematic reverie on conciousness, mortality and the tales we've all survived to tell. Playing at Underbelly, Cowgate | 02-19 August.
(Frank's the bloke in the middle)
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Binaural sound allows us to create a personal surround sound for each audience member - using a microphone shaped like a human head. If the performer whispers in the right ear of the microphone, the audience - wearing headphones - will hear the story being whispered into their right ear. If that audience member was to close their eyes, they might even be able to imagine that the performer is by their side, whispering only to them. They might even imagine their breath on their skin...
Hear binaural sound in action in this short clip - put some headphones on!
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"The emergence of live-streaming platforms like Facebook Live suggested an interesting shift away from the ‘watch this and you’ll feel like this’ click-bait media, and towards a more risky, intimate, and immediate relationship with an audience. So, it seemed like the perfect fit for our theatre work.
Theatre companies our size have to fight for every opportunity to get our work seen - and those opportunities usually come with staggeringly high theatre rental fees, unsustainable box office splits, or small runs which make it almost impossible to engage with new audiences or pay ourselves and our artists properly.
Using new technology like this means that we can hopefully grow the company, our audience, and our work on our own terms. It’s a really exciting experiment." Jill Rutland