Noise by Hugh McCann is a unique and contemporary tale of our relationship with the natural world, told in the dark.
THUD-THUMP in the soil.
Hard Work on the surface.
Nothing in the sky.
NOISE is an immersive audio-performance that intervenes in and comments on the pace of modern life. The piece is set on a fictional Dartmoor, and follows two characters; an insomniac mole, and a dog-tired builder on two intertwined missions to find tranquillity in a world that’s lost its moon.
The story is told in darkness, using the second person tense, with an immersive speaker setup. During the show, objects are passed around the audience, correlating to the narrative, playing with smell and touch.
The piece tells a unique and contemporary tale of our relationship with the natural world in the style of a meditation tape.
NOISE has been developed through sharings at Battersea Arts Centre and Soho Theatre, a residency at Bristol’s Arnolfini Gallery, and space at arts studio Kaleider. The debut performance was at The Bike Shed Theatre in March 2018.
“Grit and sand lightly crunch between your nails. Ancient stones shift underfoot. The last load of rainwater had cooled the earth and you inhale the rusty scent of clay.”
Age guide: 14+
Run time: 60 mins
“A tactile, imaginative journey underground and into space. Experimental and freewheeling.” David Salas, audience member.
Hugh McCann is a writer and artist based in the Southwest, working at arts studio Kaleider, where he is a resident artist. His work has been performed in venues including Theatre Royal Plymouth, Battersea Arts Centre, and Theatre 503. Over the last 18 months Hugh has worked a lot with sound, as way of offering audiences an alternative to our highly visual culture, and he is currently interested in making work that punctuates the pace of modern life and offers audiences a replacing, meditative experience.
“McCann is an incredibly likeable performer, and this piece reveals that he is also a gifted writer adept at weaving numerous narrative strands into an engaging whole.” Exeunt Magazine on Ensuite.