Ring - Battersea Arts Centre
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
RING, a sound journey that plays on the senses, creating a unique theatrical experience which undermines common theatre conventions, receives its London premiere at Battersea Arts Centre
Conceived and directed by David Rosenberg, and written by Glen Neath, Ring runs from Monday, March 11 to Thursday, March 28, 2013.
The show takes place in complete darkness and the audience are given headphones, through which they are transported to an alternate reality. At times seductive, at times unnerving, Ring places the audience at the centre of a thrilling attack on their own identity.
Ring is a collaboration between director David Rosenberg, the co-founder of Shunt and director of Electric Hotel, and writer Glen Neath whose previous work includes Romcom and The Bench in collaboration with Ant Hampton for Rotozaza, which have been produced in fourteen countries to date.
The sound is recorded using binaural sound technology which creates a 3D listening sensation, giving the performance an extraordinary intimacy and immediacy. It transports the audience to another room, filled with people who identify them, and who love and distrust them in equal measure. Ring creates the eerie sensation of presence, when there’s no one there.
The use of the technology investigates ways of creating an alternative reality, the effect of which is amplified by the complete darkness. Its central role in Ring builds on David Rosenburg’s previous use of sound in earlier works Electric Hotel and Motor Show.
Ring is produced by Fuel, whose recent projects include Clod Ensemble’s Silver Swan (Tate Modern); Requardt and Rosenberg’s Electric Hotel (Sadler’s Wells, Latitude Festival, UK tour); Belarus Free Theatre’s Minsk 2011: A Reply to Kathy Acker (Edinburgh Fringe, Young Vic and UK tour); and Sound&Fury’s Going Dark (Young Vic and UK tour).
Music and sound for Ring is by Ben and Max Ringham, who were nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Sound Design for Piaf.
Tickets: £12, £8 concessions – available from the box office on 020 7223 2223 or online at www.bac.org.uk/.
Times: 7.30pm (and 9pm on March 27 and 28).
Running Time: 50 minutes.