A body washes up and a massive iceberg appears in the harbour of a remote island near Antarctica where a strange, ever present sound makes the small community of islanders somehow ‘different’...
This intriguing scene could be taken from the latest Danish hit crime thriller. Like The Bridge and The Killing, or BBC’s Top of the Lake, The Noise is unsettling; a combination of gripping storytelling with an unfamiliar edge and a mysterious undertone which draws you in and keeps you guessing.
Written by an award-winning creative team – Claire Duffy, Jon Spooner and Chris Thorpe - this brand new Unlimited/Northern Stage co-production follows in the footsteps of successful shows like Mission to Mars, Tangle and The Ethics of Progress, using theatre to explore leading research into contemporary science. "Working with scientists has played a big part in making the stories we tell for a few years now. We've worked with quantum physicists, astronauts and neuroscientists to make shows based on their research across the world and, in honesty, we've been surprised at how hungry audiences are for those types of stories. With The Noise, we've combined our love of science and edge-of-the-seat storytelling to make a ‘sci-conspiracy thriller’ about memory, secrets and the effects of sound on human beings.”: Jon Spooner, Creative Director, Unlimited Theatre.
Both companies have a reputation for producing adventurous and thought-provoking new work. The British Theatre Guide describes Unlimited as, “One of the most exciting theatre companies around”, and The Guardian’s Lyn Gardner says, “Northern Stage is often ahead of the pack in terms of interesting and adventurous programming.”
Being about noise, sound takes centre stage and Unlimited are working with long term collaborators David Edwards (aka electronic musician Minotaur Shock) who’s composing original music for the show and sound designer by Gareth Fry (who previously worked on Zero Degrees & Drifting in 2004) and more recently created the soundscape for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
“Sound and music has always been a massively important part of how we tell our stories. The Noise was inspired by our research into the effects of sound on human beings - physically, emotionally, and psychologically. We've worked closely in collaboration with the brilliant electronic musician Minotaur Shock and one of the UK's most brilliant sound designers Gareth Fry to create (what we hope will be!) a pretty intense aural experience.”. Jon Spooner, Creative Director, Unlimited Theatre
Compelling and intriguing The Noise will have audiences on the edge of their seats when it opens at Northern Stage on 4 October.