Seeing Séance is less like walking into a tacky haunted house at a carnival, and more like experiencing the silent disco of your deepest and darkest nightmares.
During the 15-minute show, audience members sit in a completely darkened shipping container and participate in a simulated séance at the behest of an unseen host.
There are no live performers. The show is one in a series of shows created by Darkfield. The Darkfield shows rely on complete and utter darkness, movement and binaural sound to allow audience members explore their fears and question their skepticism. Séance certainly initially had me questioning mine; for the first part of the performance, even though I knew the show was actor-less, I was convinced that there was someone in the room with us.
One of the intentions of the show, I think, is to make you question whether or not one of the people sitting next to you is actually participating in the séance or has cried something out in fear. This conceit was complicated a little by the fact that the accents of people in the recording were British, and that the majority of us seemed to have Australian accents. However, at one point towards the end of the show, I think one of us may have actually screamed. Séance is a fascinating curio piece of experimental theatre, and is probably quite unlike anything else you will experience at the Adelaide Fringe Festival this year.
It should probably be added that this show is not recommended if you are claustrophobic, pregnant, have heart or back conditions, or are under the age of 14. You will be briefed before you enter the performance space about the nature of the show, and if it becomes too scary you can always opt out of the listening experience at any point.
Séance is running at the Garden of Unearthly Delights until March 19. You can purchase tickets here.