Fuel presents Sound&Fury’s Charlie Ward across Yorkshire

Charlie Ward

Charlie Ward

An intimate, immersive sound installation for an audience of 10 per performance, using Sound&Fury’s distinctive style – total darkness, minimal lighting and immersive sound design – to conjure up the extraordinary experience of being a WW1 patient on Charlie Ward.

“Total theatre that doesn’t just happen all around you, but that swallows you up completely … you feel as if you are experiencing the whole thing through your skin.” The Guardian

Through a six week Yorkshire tour of Charlie Ward, Sound&Fury will engage museum, film and theatre audiences in a cross-art form installation that connects WW1 to contemporary consciousness. The tour will travel to Theatre Deli, Sheffield, The York Army Museum as part of the City’s Centenary Commemorations, and Leeds Town Hall as part of Leeds International Film Festival and Tonight We Fly, a Leeds-based festival by Fuel.

“Beautiful and haunting. There’s something incredibly moving and powerful about such small intimate events.” The Guardian

“A hauntingly beautiful installation’”Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

Sound&Fury is a collaborative theatre company directed by Mark Espiner, Tom Espiner and Dan Jones. Their artistic interest is in developing the physical and sonic elements of theatre offering audiences new ways of experiencing performance and stories in an immersive environment and by heightening the aural sense. To achieve these aims, they have, in the past, boldly immersed audiences in total darkness. This unique theatrical device combined with sophisticated surround sound design, voice and subtle lighting effects, creates a powerful new language for theatre that has gained the attention of audience and critics.

Previous work includes The Watery Part of the World, in which the audience were plunged into total darkness to witness the thrill of a 19th century whale hunt; Ether Frolics, which took the audience on a theatrical anesthetic trip; and the critically acclaimed Kursk, in which they placed the audience in the secret world of a Royal Navy submarine. In each piece fractured images, glimpses of scenes, visual and sonic tricks and a 360 degree soundscape have created worlds which have redefined the performance space in ways which audiences find thrilling, transporting and disorienting.

Sound&Fury are available for interview. Contact [email protected] for availabilities, images and review tickets.

Charlie Ward is produced by Fuel. Founded in 2004 and led by Kate McGrath, Fuel produces an adventurous, playful and significant programme of work – live, digital, and across art forms – for a large and representative audience across the UK and beyond. We collaborate with outstanding artists with fresh perspectives and approaches who seek to explore our place in the world, expose our fears, understand our hopes for the future, create experiences which change us and in turn empower us to make change in the world around us.

Charlie Ward has received financial support from Arts Council England, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, The Freshgate Trust and the Wellcome Trust.

www.fueltheatre.com

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Fuel presents Charlie Ward by Sound&Fury
An intimate, immersive sound installation for an audience of 10 per performance, using Sound&Fury’s distinctive style – total darkness, minimal lighting and immersive sound design – to conjure up the extraordinary experience of being a WW1 patient on Charlie Ward.

Monday 11th – Sunday 22nd September
Theatre Deli, Sheffield www.theatredeli.co.uk

25th September- 6th October
York Army Museum www.yorkarmymuseum.co.uk

15th-19th October
Perth Theatre www.horsecross.co.uk/venues/perth-theatre

30th October- 11th November
Leeds Town Hall www.leedstownhall.co.uk